[b-hebrew] final aleph

Uri Hurwitz uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 21 11:29:38 EDT 2007

   Yes, the very early pronounciation could have been  "....ahu" or "..ehu"
   because an argument can be made that the H, since it was 
  written down,  was initially pronounced as a consonant, with a vowel 
  attached to it. That is, it didn't just serve as the vowel O as  would
   appear from much later vowelling in the MT. But here we're treading in a
  speculative field.
     As for the F s 3rd  pronominal suffix pronounciation,one is on firmer
   ground. In this case the  consonantal H can be definietly traced back to 
  an early stage reflected in the Arabic F s 3rd suffix. ...HA  , equivalent
   to the Hebrew He  Aleph. This is clearly indicated by  the "Mapik" in the 
  vowelled MT which servs as a residual reminder of an ancient  A  vowel
   of the final He. 

Uri:    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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