[b-hebrew] Why Semitic languages had no written vowels?

Stoney Breyer stoneyb at touchwood.net
Tue May 3 15:17:40 EDT 2005


-----Original Message-----
No speech could possibly distinguish short and long vowels consistently
over millennia. Short/ long difference is more characteristic of
chanting.


Well, English has been remarkably consistent in maintaining quantitative
distinctions over about a millennium and a quarter, despite radical
changes in quality. And quantity has never been a significant component
of English prosody.

Stoney Breyer
Writer/Touchwood, Inc. 






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