[b-hebrew] CV syllables, was music in Hebrew

Bill Rea bsr15 at cantsl.it.canterbury.ac.nz
Sun Jan 29 16:16:12 EST 2006

Yitzhak asked:-

>What are tin ears

I case no one else has answered. Its a slang term for someone who cannot
distinguish some sounds. For example, Americans often cannot distinquish
between the New Zealand pronunciation of ``pin'' or ``pen''. Other have
trouble distinguishing between ``race'' and ``rice''. One could say such a
person, or people, had a tin ear. The statement about the Masoretes having
tin ears is the same. The claim is that they could not distinquish various
vowel sounds when they added the pointing to the consonantal text.

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