[b-hebrew] Ayin and Ghayin

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Sat Oct 29 10:02:38 EDT 2005


Which dialect of English are you speaking? The way I 
was taught to speak, and which I continue to use, is to 
pronounce all three examples exactly the same, and 
exactly the same as "two" and "too". Your final example 
shows how a person will slow down and pronounce "to" 
correctly to clear up misunderstanding caused by sloppy 

In literature writers sometimes misspell "to" to follow the 
sloppy pronunciation that many people use, but it is 
recognized that such pronunciation is nonstandard.

This goes back to the questions of Greek transliterations 
of Hebrew and Hebrew pronunciations, but we don't need 
to go into that again.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Read, James C" <K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk>
> > Do I need to go back to linguistics 101? Apparently so. In 
> > English there are three words, "two", "too" and "to". All three 
> > have exactly the same pronunciation. If they were spelled 
> > phonetically, they would be given the same spelling.
> Actually, 'two' and 'too' have the same phonetics but 'to' is
> most often different.
> Pronounse out loud these examples:
> I'm going to be late
> He went to the pub
> Let's drink to friendship
> I'm sure you'll agree that the vowel in 'to' is usually a schewa unless
> we want to emaphsize it in order to clarify a misunderstanding
> e.g. 'I said "He went *to* the shop" not "*from* the shop"'

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