[b-hebrew] Proto-Semitic, was WAYYIQTOL
kwrandolph at email.com
Tue Mar 16 20:07:19 EST 2004
English pronounces Latin loan words
according to a certain set of rules. Was
Latin at the time of the ceasars spoken
according to the same rules as modern
English rules for the same words? No one
that I know of would make that claim.
By the time of the Masoretes, Hebrew had
not been spoken as a native language for
near a millennium. How do we know that the
Masorete pronunciation, very likely based
on Aramaic or other languages, was the same
as Hebrew was spoken a thousand years
earlier? There is reason to doubt it.
Karl W. Randolph.
----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org>
> Understood. But the original discussion was about the history of the
> pronunciation of Hebrew. That cannot be understood apart from
> consideration of other languages.
> If we studied English on the assumption that its alphabet was developed
> for English alone, and in isolation from other languages using the same
> alphabet, we would get some very strange results. If we recognise that
> the alphabet is borrowed from Latin, we can understand much better what
> has happened.
> Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
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