[b-hebrew] Initial Consonant Clusters in Biblical Hebrew

Pere Porta pporta7 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 11 01:44:40 EDT 2010


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> (JS)
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> 1.  Biblical Hebrew records primarily consonants.  At Genesis 18: 2 we see
$L$H, but I don’t think anyone views that as an initial consonant
cluster.  It’s
thought to be $ + implied vowel + L +implied vowel + $ + H.

> However, a lamed/L is [like a resh/R] a so-called “sonorant”, and according to some linguists, a Hebrew could pronounce $ + sonorant + vowel as a single syllable. “The words for ‘2’ are the only words in the language that commence with an initial consonant cluster, permissible because of the sibilant + sonorant combination in *s**nayim *and the sibilant + stop in *s**tayim *(see Hoberman 1989).”  “Ancient Hebrew Morphology”, by Gary A. Rendsburg.**
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> All of N and L and R are sonorants.  Since $N is possible [and attested once in Biblical Hebrew] as an initial consonant cluster, $L + vowel and $R + vowel are theoretically possible as well, though not attested in Biblical Hebrew.
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> (PP)
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> In my learning days L and R were called "liquid" consonants
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>  because they can be easily pronounced with  -or, better, after-  another consonant as in* blow, bread.*
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>> But, what about the biblical (K)PG$ we find in Jr 41:6? (of course we have to mentally discard K) or about SPQ in Ez 21:17?
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>> It is alike that a (biblical) Hebrew could utter Shrek since he could utter SFOQ, isn't it?
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>> Pere Porta
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>> (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
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