[b-hebrew] Re: PS /g/

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Wed Nov 17 07:14:41 EST 2004

On 17/11/2004 05:52, Yigal Levin wrote:

>Dear Karl,
>The fact that Hebrew spells the name Alexander (who arrived of the scene in
>333 BCE) as "Aleksander" is proof enough that at least at that time, Hebrew
>did not have an /x/ sound.
>There is absolutely no proof that Samekh ever had anything other than an /s/
>sound, though it was obviously different originally (in early Canaanite)
>than Sin.

Yigal, what is actually the dating of this Hebrew rendering with 
kaf-samekh, or is it kaf-sin? I ask because the Arabic rendering (when 
not Dhul Karnain) has the k and s reversed (and the Al- reinterpreted as 
the Arabic article), al-Iskandar, compare also city names like 
a-Iskandariya = Alexandria, and Iskenderun = Alexandretta in Turkey. And 
that is, I think, evidence that at that time Greek xi was pronounced 
more like [sk] than [ks].

Peter Kirk
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