[b-hebrew] Re: variant pronunciation

Dora Smith villandra at austin.rr.com
Sun Apr 18 02:22:29 EDT 2004

People in Texas don't pronounce consonants differently!  Only vowels!
Except for a few disappearing r's - and I learned all about that issue in
high school.  So I imagine that students of English in France or Israel know
about it too.   Could tell you exactly in which part of the country r's
disappear  - the list includes New York City and Massachusetts.

Dora Smith
Austin, Texas
villandra at austin.rr.com
----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org>
To: "Dora Smith" <villandra at austin.rr.com>
Cc: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, April 17, 2004 3:40 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Re: variant pronunciation

> On 17/04/2004 10:48, Dora Smith wrote:
> >...
> >
> >Whatever the explanation for dalet and tau morphing into th is, can you
> >please provide an explanation that makes sense in light of competent
> >and entire temples full of them not ever pronouncing it that way?
> >
> >
> >
> Dora, the answer to this one is dialect differences. I guess that in
> Buffalo you found competent people and entire classes full of people who
> didn't pronounce English vowels the way you now daily hear them
> pronounced in Texas. But that does not mean that Texans don't speak like
> they actually do. Similarly, just because Jews in Buffalo or wherever
> don't pronounce Hebrew like Yemenite etc Jews and didn't bother to teach
> you their pronunciation, it doesn't mean that the Yemenites don't
> pronounce it like they do.
> --
> Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
> http://www.qaya.org/

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