[b-hebrew] Biblical Pronunciation of Waw and Ayin

Kevin Riley klriley at alphalink.com.au
Thu Aug 12 03:13:02 EDT 2004

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>[mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Karl Randolph
>When I studied Hebrew in college, I was told that Yemenite 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.
>From memory, all Oriental Jews pronounce 'Ayin as in Arabic.  Thinking about
it, almost all are from areas where Semitic languages are used, and now I am
curious about the central Asian Jews - anyone know?

Kevin Riley

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