[b-hebrew] What is "Biblical Hebrew"

Anstey, Matthew MAnstey at csu.edu.au
Thu Aug 23 18:59:42 EDT 2007

Many phonological rules, like spirantisation in TH, operate over phonological units, such as phonological words, phrases, intontation units, etc. They don't work over the domain of syntactic (or graphemic) words.
So spirantisation between words (just like initial gemination eg ma-nnorah Gen 28:17) indicates that the TH records a very *realistic* pronunciation, that has retains *some* features of spoken/chanted text.
Matthew Anstey
ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Biblical Hebrwe linguistics
Charles Sturt University, School of Theology, Canberra

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