[b-hebrew] CV syllables, was music in Hebrew
willaa at netvision.net.il
Sun Jan 29 18:03:59 EST 2006
At 11:16 PM 1/29/2006, you wrote:
> >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.
My reference was musical. Tin ears means someone who lacks appreciation for
music because of difficulties distinguishing or sounding notes.
Then, when you come down to it, the Masoretes do not display fine ears for
anything. They were accountants, bean counters, and they just went by the
numbers and copied what was in the texts at their disposal. If 14 texts
has X+. and 12 had Y- ,by gum, X+ it was -- whether it made grammatical or
musical sense or not. .That is what Kimchi was commenting about and why
for various reasons I suspect that they _probably_ had tin ears also.
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