[b-hebrew] Re: variant pronunciation
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.
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