[b-hebrew] Re: variant pronunciation

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Sat Apr 17 16:31:55 EDT 2004

On 17/04/2004 03:42, Joel Nothman wrote:

> ...
> Also of note here is that a number of these communities also pronounce 
> vet  (bet without dagesh) as b. It was once likely a bilabial 
> fricative, which  is not so easy to pronounce and so seems to fall out 
> of languages - it  sounds somewhere between v and b. This sound also 
> accounts (in Latin  Spanish) for the spellings of Habana/Havana. It 
> may also account for  "Jacob" and "Job" and not "Jakov" and "Jov".

This last is more likely because Greek and Latin did not have a V sound 
and so used beta or B for the V sound when these names were 
transliterated from Hebrew.

Peter Kirk
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