[b-hebrew] final aleph

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Tue Aug 21 11:56:11 EDT 2007

Dear Uri:

Thanks. I had always been puzzled at the cases where the third person
masc. suffix had been written with a heh instead of waw, this answers

Karl W. Randolph.

On 8/21/07, Uri Hurwitz <uhurwitz at yahoo.com> wrote:
>   Karl,
>    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

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