[b-hebrew] Re: Proto-Semitic, was WAYYIQTOL

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Sun Mar 21 00:41:53 EST 2004

Dear Michael Millier:

Thank you for this reference.

Throughout reading the article, I kept 
thinking of the Katzenjammer (cat howl) 
Kids cartoons of about a century ago: 
the spellings were indicative of German 
immigrants’ pronunciations. Similarly, 
the ancient Near East was a rather 
polyglot area, many trying with greater 
or lesser success to speak, read and 
write to each other in Greek. Some, like 
Luke, did quite well, while others like 
John did poorly. How many of the crossed 
pairs of phonemes really represented 
mispronunciations by people speaking 
Greek as a second language?

Yes, this has some bearing on the 
pronunciation of Biblical Hebrew, but 
I’m not sure what yet.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: Deborah Millier <deborahmillier at yahoo.com>

> This is as far as I pursue this one, but the following
> has methodological application to this list's focus:
> biblical hebrew.  Check out some linguistic reasons
> why Erasmus' system might be called into question:
> http://www.biblicalulpan.org/Sound_files/PRONSYS1_US.pdf
> -- Michael Millier
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