[b-hebrew] Initial "Beged Kefet" consonants always have a...
VadimCherny at mail.ru
Wed Oct 19 05:51:21 EDT 2005
> I was simply putting forward a provisional hypothesis.
> I found that this explained all of Joel's list (consonants only) except
> for this one case. At this point we have two alternatives: one is to
> refine the hypothesis, perhaps along the lines which you suggest; the
> other is to write off occasional exceptions as due to some kind of
With my background in logic, I always hesistate to dismiss anything as an
error. Quite often, what seems wrong or insignificant, turns explicable and
meaningful. Thus, the example of Kturah - Hetturah is very instructive, and
demonstrates quite a few phonological rules. It showed to me a much simpler
way to explain the difference between vocal and silent shcwa than I
suggested before: namely, all schwas result from reduction of vowels;
pretonic schwas lose their sound to the accented vowel, antepenult schwas
preserve their sound.
This, by the way, helps us to determine that Sephardic accents, not
Ashkenazic are correct.
> But my point remains, that my provisional hypothesis accounts for nearly
> all of the changes without requiring that Hebrew pronunciation has changed
> greatly since LXX times.
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