[b-hebrew] final alef
kwrandolph at gmail.com
Mon Aug 20 14:12:25 EDT 2007
On 8/18/07, Uri Hurwitz <uhurwitz at yahoo.com> wrote:
> As to the relationship between the two homonyms LO (lamed aleph -
> "NO"), and LO (lamed waw -- "TO HIM"), here again it pays to consult
> Arabic , because, like in so many other cases, it preserves earlier stages
> of the language. The spelling of "NO" in Ar.-- "LA," is the equivalent of the
> Heb.lamed aleph, while the spelling of "TO HIM" is --LaHW pronounced
> "Lahu". Obviously the "H" was dropped by the time of the consonsntal text
> of the HB.
> Interestingly the same occurs in some spoken Arabic dialects.
> Uri Hurwitz
If you look at the earliest Hebrew, particularly Genesis, there are
several cases where the third person singular masculine suffix was
written with a heh; could the pronunciation have been "-ahu"? Later
contracted to -W to differentiate it from the feminine?
Karl W. Randolph.
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