[b-hebrew] changes in 'th'

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Apr 23 02:31:10 EDT 2004


The th sound used to be common among Germanic languages, for example it was one of the 16 phonemes recognized in the Viking age Futhark (alphabet). Most Germanic languages lost it, though both English and Icelandic have both the voiced and unvoiced versions.

Did Biblical Hebrew have either th sound? Apparently during the Masoritic period it did, but what about a thousand years or more earlier when Tanakh was being written? I suspect that if it did, it was connected with tet and not with an unpointed dalet or tau as preserved by the Masorites.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dora Smith" <villandra at austin.rr.com>

> Welsh has th as in the - and Engilsh must have gotten it somewhere.
> 
> Yours,
> Dora Smith
> Austin, Texas
> villandra at austin.rr.com
>
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