[b-hebrew] Alphabetizing

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Mon Jul 23 03:32:26 EDT 2007

I finally did receive an answe from the Hebrew Language Academy, and it is 
that there is no "official" order for vowel points or for Shin/Sin. Each 
dictionary or lexacon makes its own choice.

Yigal Levin

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>
To: "b-hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2007 11:27 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Alphabetizing

> John, modern Hebrew usually does not use vowel points unless they are
> necessary to avoid confusion, and even then, it tends to use "vowel 
> letters"
> (e.g. aleph for A, vav for O, yod for I, two yods for AY etc.). In 
> something
> like a phone book, there would be no reason for vowels. The same for shin
> and sin.
> However, in dictionaries, lexicons, concordances etc., the order seems to 
> be
> patah, qamats, segol, tsere and so on. Also, sin before shin. I write this
> after flipping through a few dictionaries and a concordance, without 
> having
> an "official" source. I did leave a query in the Hebrew Language Academy's 
> Q
> and A email box - I'll let you know if I get an answer.
> Yigal Levin

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