[b-hebrew] final aleph
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
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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