[b-hebrew] Initial "Beged Kefet" consonants always have a...

Dr. Joel M. Hoffman joel at exc.com
Sun Oct 23 12:38:01 EDT 2005

>> we should not draw any conclusions from it.  (In general,
>> transliterations are terrible guides to language, as I discuss at
>> length in my book, and as is well-known by linguists.  If people want,
>> I'll try to post the evidence on-line.)
>In general? Any problem with German or Russian names transliterated into 

Yes, oodles of them.  Consider the English word "Russia" itself.  The
English is bisyllabic, the Russian trisyllabic.

Table 6.2 from my book:


goes through some other examples.  (And Vadim, you should know this
--- you have my book.)  Going the other way, we find "Garvard" in
Russian for "Harvard" in English.  In Hebrew, we find LIN-KO-LEN for
English "Lincoln," even though the second "L" is silent in English.

-Joel M. Hoffman

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