[b-hebrew] Re: variant pronunciation
jnothman at student.usyd.edu.au
Sat Apr 17 20:46:57 EDT 2004
On Sat, 17 Apr 2004 13:31:55 -0700, Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org> wrote:
> 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.
Yes, I realised this afterwards, and also that the b in oriental
communities probably comes from the Arabic lack of a bh or v phoneme...
Still, there is some evidence for bh rather than v as an original
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