sin as lateral in Tiberian phonology

Vincent DeCaen decaen at
Sat May 18 17:28:33 EDT 2002

dear b-haverim,

i have pretty good data indicating that sin does not pattern with the 
sibilants, especially plain /s/, but rather with the sonorants.  i was 
wondering what the conventional wisdom is these days:  is sin considered 
originally a voiceless lateral? i don't know how the masoretes would 
maintain such a distinction.... ;-)

V -- 
Dr Vincent DeCaen
Research Associate
Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
University of Toronto

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