|From:||Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>|
|Date:||Friday, July 16, 1999, 16:31|
On Thu, 15 Jul 1999 20:35:26 -0500 Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> writes:
>Steg Belsky wrote:
>> "Yeishu" ['jeSu:] is the common form.
>Cool, I always wondered what the original form was.
>> If it ended with an _-a_, it's an
>> epenthetic (i think that's the word) [a] stuck in *before* a
>What's the `ayin?
What is it? It's the 16th letter of the Hebrew Alphabet....one of the
4-and-a-half "gutturals", [? h H r 3]. (the half is the /r/, because it
varies widely in pronounciation across dialects, but it works like a
guttural). It's also one of the two pharyngeal [H 3] letters, which draw
in an [a] before them when they end a word:
[noaH] "Noah", instead of *[noH].
[liSmoa3] "to hear", instead of *[liSmo3], according to the paradigm of
[lismoaH] "to be happy", instead of *[lismoH].
[j@ho:Sua3] instead of *[j@ho:Su3].
It's a voiced pharyngeal sound, depending on dialect (when it's
pronounced at all) either a fricative or an approximant.
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