[b-hebrew] YHWH pronunciation

Read, James C K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk
Mon Aug 1 09:28:50 EDT 2005

Some time ago Peter brought to our attention the linguistic research that 
shows that lamed-he verbs are derivitive from older lamed-yodh/lamed-waw 
I studied this linguistic research years ago and cannot remember the exact
proofs but remember that they were built on solid grounds and so was 
inclined to concede Peter's point in this regard.
Howerver, it has little bearing on the discussion as there is no extant 
attestation of the name as YHWY or YHWW but only YHWH and so only helped to 
demonstrate that the final 'he' has never been pronounced (according to 
However, I am interested to know how you would view the pronunciation of 
IAO. Do you consider it as bisylabic or monosyllabic (as in ciao)?
How would you reconstruct what you hear with the hebrew alphabet?

As regards the schewa v's alpha discussion: There is also linguistic evidence,
which again I can't remember, that many alpha sounding vowels in ancient hebrew 
became a schewa sound through vowel reduction of unaccented syllables.
Rather like in English where we see words like 'ambulance', where the first 'a' 
has an alpha sound and the second 'a' has a schewa sound. Both the English 
alphabet and the ancient Greek alphabet do/did not have the ability to represent 
a schewa sound and so the aplha could equally represent an alpha sound or a 
schewa sound just as Peter rightly explained.

-----Original Message-----
From: Vadim Cherny [mailto:VadimCherny at mail.ru]
Sent: Mon 8/1/2005 2:03 PM
To: Read, James C
Cc: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] YHWH pronunciation
Then it cannot be well-attested root hwh or hih. What is that ayn-ayn root
hwy/hww Peter suggests? I don't recall such root at all.

Peter's suggestion also have a problem with mappiq.

Vadim Cherny

> It's starting to look like the original tri-consanantal root was
HWY/HWW with a final H in the present form which serves only to lengthen
the final vowel, which we are still unsure of.

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