[b-hebrew] Biblical Pronunciation of Waw and Ayin

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Thu Aug 12 03:03:15 EDT 2004


When I studied Hebrew in college, I was told that Yeminite Jews pronounced “waw” as an English “w”. Pronouncing it as an English “v” comes from German (Yiddisch) which doesn’t have that sound.

As for the Ayin, I was not given such clear information.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "frater three" <fraterthree at lycos.com>

> Dear erudite members,
> Does anybody know scholarly evidence about the Biblical pronunciation of Vav as Waw? Do the Ethiopian and Yemeni Jews keep the Biblical pronunciation of Waw and Ayin? Does anybody know references to how the Ethiopian and Yemeni Jews pronounce Waw and Ayin?
> Thanks in advance for any answer,
> Fernando
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