[b-hebrew] historical question with linguistic import

Dave Washburn davidlwashburn at gmail.com
Fri Jul 13 22:00:56 EDT 2012

On Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM, K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ted:
> On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 7:44 PM, <TedBro at aol.com> wrote:
>> **
>> Karl:
>> The C-V theory is intriguing, but also appears to have some glaring
>> difficulties. Since there are only 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, there
>> would only be one possible vowel following each consonant. Do you find such
>> a theory workable?
> What do you mean by “one possible vowel following each consonant”?

If I may speak for him, he means that if it truly was syllabic and not
alphabetic, then each symbol would represent only one CV combination.
Example: the symbol BA in Akkadian only represents BA, it doesn't
occasionally represent BE or BU. In a true syllabary, each represented
consonantal sound is followed by only one possible vowel; a different
vowel would require another symbol. I hope that clears it up.

Dave Washburn

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