[b-hebrew] hatef vowels
if at math.bu.edu
Sun Feb 17 14:17:30 EST 2013
1. Ok, I will shout it louder (for extra effect I would go also up
the roof of my house, but it is buried now in snow, and I can not wait)
THE THINKING THAT A DIFFERENT GRAPHICAL NIQUD MARKING IS DESIGNED TO
REPRESENT A DIFFERENT VOCALIZATION IS GROUNDLESS;
in plain English it is baloney, concocted ex-nihilo by some latter-
day Hebrew "grammarians".
2. This science of the Hebrew "grammar" that "teaches" of "long" and
"short" vowels is obsolete. I have just read an article in an Israeli
newspaper by someone calling for the outright abolition from the
school of this frightfully kooky and annoying subject called לשון
4. Consider now this meshugas of the Hebrew "Academy" imposed by
decree on the announcers of the Israeli TV. So goes their talmudic
pilpul (aka Hebrew grammar): An initial schwa is a schwa "mobile". A
BKP letter following such a schwa must remain dageshless, and is
therefore read (why is not revealed to us) softly. Since no living
Hebrew announcer is capable of distinguishing between a soft kaf and
a xet, the place name כרם שלום KEREM $ALOM ("the vineyard of
peace", at a Gaza crossing) become in their articulated mouth
בחרם שלום B-XEREM $ALOM, ("in the boycott of peace").
Isaac Fried, Boston University
On Feb 17, 2013, at 1:06 PM, Uri Hurwitz wrote:
> < "I have never heard the XATAP-PATAX being
> read "shorter"...
> Isaac Fried" >
> This may be the twenty seventh time that
> he states this on the b-hebrew list
> The fact that these markings were invented eleven,
> twelve hundred years ago is irrelevant to him.
> If the Masoretes had not heard the Chatafim
> differently they would not have invented different signs
> for Patach, and Chataf Patach etc; nor, for other
> reasons, the Qamatz.
> The next step for him is to state that he does not
> hear differences between Kaf and Quf etc. in
> the contemporary spoken language.
> There is no sense to repetat here ad nauseum the
> reasons for the above.
> Uri Hurwitz Great Neck Estates
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