[b-hebrew] Sofits (was: consonant vowel order)

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Tue Oct 11 17:03:56 EDT 2005


The ancient (paleo-) Hebrew script did not have sofit forms. Their 
development is a purely calligraphic phenomenon, caused by not pulling the 
pen towards the next letter. In Arabic, most letters have final forms. They 
have nothing to do with "unstressed letters".
As far as case endings, they don't really exist in Hebrew. There are 
theories about cases in early Hebrew, but these are only theories.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Vadim Cherny" <VadimCherny at mail.ru>
To: "Karl Randolph" <kwrandolph at email.com>; <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 10:35 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] consonant vowel order of )EHYEH & YAHWEH

>> To try to test my theory that Hebrew originally had only a
> CV structure, and those at the end of words were usually
> unstressed
> That is kind of obvious. Does anyone really disputes the CV structure in
> proto-Semitic?
> Also note sophits, remnants of unstressed final vowels. Also, case 
> endings.
> Vadim Cherny
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