[b-hebrew] final alef

Petr Tomasek tomasek at etf.cuni.cz
Sat Aug 18 03:20:00 EDT 2007

> right" and accurately preserved pronunciation from Biblical times. I propose
> that in Biblical times, all syllables had the form of CV (consonant vowel),
> in which case the final alep would have had a vowel connected to it. I

This would sound strange to me, do You have an example of another
language that has NO closed (CVC) syllabes?

> recently read "Nineveh and the Old Testament" by André Parrot, and the
> transliterations of Hebrew names from Nineveh seem to indicate CV syllables.

But the transcription using cuneiform signs has to use such syllabes,
or am I wrong?

> But as I wrote above, the evidence is insufficient to prove any Biblical
> period pronunciation, and the only guide for vowels are the Masoretic
> points.
> Karl W. Randolph.

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