[b-hebrew] vowel length

omar nshea omarnshea at gmail.com
Wed Nov 8 07:23:52 EST 2006

if, owever, "It even appears to me that when
Hebrew ceased to be a spoken language after the early
centuries CE, that vowel length was gradually lost as the
reading tradition developed Hebrew in ways more suitable for
the cantillation of the liturgical reading",

then that would undermine the transcriptions of the Hebrew Bible into
Arabic by the Karaites etc and
their reliablity as sources for the reconstruction of quantity would
be put into question.


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