[b-hebrew] final aleph
kwrandolph at gmail.com
Tue Aug 21 11:56:11 EDT 2007
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:
> 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.
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