[b-hebrew] dating of matres lectionis
B. M. Rocine
brocine at twcny.rr.com
Wed Jul 27 08:56:45 EDT 2005
Will you count the 3. m. s. pronominal suffixes as final he maters?
There are many of them that are pronounced /o/: (line 6) vayyahlephoh,
benoh, (7) boh, ubetoh, (8) moh, beyamoh, etc.
I admit, when we pronounce such final he's as /o/, we may be using
anachronistic pronunciation rules. IOW, they may have been consonants
as, I think, Joel Hoffman mentioned as a general possibility for
epigraphic Hebrew ("Moabite").
Yitzhak Sapir wrote:
> The Mesha stele also uses -h for apparently final -a, in bllh (in the
> night, line 15).
> I was more convinced this is a mater lectionis than all the -o examples because
> all the -o examples are proper names: qrxh, dwdh, nbh. Do we know if there was
> no consonantal heh in those names?
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