[b-hebrew] final alef

Yitzhak Sapir yitzhaksapir at gmail.com
Fri Aug 17 11:24:36 EDT 2007

On 8/17/07, Dr Raoul Comninos wrote:
> How would one properly pronounce the following two words:
> X"+:) sin
> GAY:) valley
> Am I correct in taking these to be monosyllabic with silent shewa in
> both cases. If so, Alef would be purely orthographical in both
> instances?

Yes.  The alef in this case was possibly/probably not orthographical in
earlier pronunciation  traditions of Hebrew, but in the Tiberian Hebrew
represented by the vowels, it was.  The situation is similar to the -h
ending in singular feminine nouns.

Yitzhak Sapir

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