[b-hebrew] A threat to the integrity of the Hebrew language?

Peter Kirk peter.r.kirk at ntlworld.com
Fri Jul 18 13:09:05 EDT 2003

On 18/07/2003 09:41, Trevor Peterson wrote:

>>===== Original Message From peter.r.kirk at ntlworld.com =====
>>So if any of you have any comments to make, either for or against this
>>proposal, please speak up now. I will pass on any comments I receive
>>(unless requested otherwise) to those who are considering the proposal,
>>via the Unicode list, or more personally if requested or if that seems
>>more appropriate to me. I can withhold names if requested, but
>>attributable comments will be given greater weight.
>I would prefer not to distinguish between the two, if it can be avoided. It 
>seems like Israelis would be even more inclined to object. Who wants to have 
>to change languages when you're typing an article in Hebrew to begin with and 
>decide to quote BH? It also forces a distinction that they would not tend to 
>recognize (and as you say, it leaves a gaping hole where centuries of Hebrew 
>texts that are neither modern nor biblical are concerned). For that matter, 
>Tiberian BH, strictly speaking, is a medieval phenomenon. Since this issue 
>applies only to vowels and diacritics, there is nothing pre-Masoretic about 
>it. So what we're really talking about is a need to better implement the 
>pointing standard set by the Tiberian Masoretes. As far as that goes, isn't 
>the idea that Modern Hebrew (where it bothers to vowel at all) is following 
>the Tiberian system? Sure, there may be situations that need to be addressed 
>in BH that are unique and just don't come up in modern usage, but wouldn't it 
>make more sense to adapt the system for Hebrew as a whole and just accept that 
>some of what it contains will be irrelevant for modern texts?
>Trevor Peterson
>b-hebrew mailing list
>b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Thank you, Trevor. I am copying your comments to Peter Constable.

Peter Kirk
peter.r.kirk at ntlworld.com

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