[b-hebrew] Apparently Redundant Letters

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Tue Oct 11 12:08:46 EDT 2005


Actually, I attended more classical and koiné Greek and 
Latin classes than Hebrew. The profs for both languages 
taught that in the earliest surviving Latin through the 
Republic that the alphabet notated only the phonemes in 
Latin, and in Greek the only exception was the "h" in front 
of some words starting with vowels. The change for Latin 
came later, particularly during the medieval period, and I 
wasn't taught about later changes in Greek.

(For all we know, could not that "h" in font of some Greek 
words starting with vowels have been something that was 
added later, that it was not original?)

Thus, according to how I was taught both languages, they 
do support my thesis that Hebrew probably had only 22 
recognized phonemes when the alphabet was 

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin Riley" <klriley at alphalink.com.au>
> ...
> ****************
> And neither came up with an alphabet that notated only the phonemes of the
> respective langauges - no more and no less.  Which undermines your theory of
> Hebrew only having 22 consonants symbols because it only had 22 phonemes.
> *****************
> ...
> Kevin Riley

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