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

Jack Kilmon jkilmon at historian.net
Wed May 4 14:33:26 EDT 2005

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Karl Randolph" <kwrandolph at email.com>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2005 11:05 AM
Subject: RE: [b-hebrew] Why Semitic languages had no written vowels?

> Where was writing first used? Was it stone inscriptions, or was it pen on 
> leather? If the latter, the lack of dots had more to do with the shape of 
> the letters which
> discouraged the use of dots, than with the writing instruments used.
> Karl W. Randolph.

On small pottery tokens used for counting or inventory of measures of 
good/grain/cattle.  I cover some of this at:



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