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Re: dialects of Hebrew? & Lemba

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Monday, March 21, 2005, 16:19
On Mar 18, 2005, at 4:36 AM, Damian Yerrick wrote:
> "Steg Belsky" <draqonfayir@...> wrote: >> Some theorize, however, that Classical >> Tiberian Hebrew also had a uvular R, due to its inclusion in the >> category of _gutterals_. However, unlike the pharyngeal consonants, >> /r/ doesn't 'drag vowels with it' to be /a/, which is why i'm more of >> a >> fan of the theory that /r/ was originally a dental/alveolar flap/tap >> or >> trill. The main quality of 'guttural' consonants in Hebrew is their >> resistance to being geminates, which in the case of a flap/tap or >> trilled front R also makes sense.
> That is, unless (as in Spanish) a geminated flap/tap is realized > as a trill. > Damian
Right, which is how i pronounce the very few geminated |R|s found in the Tanakh (Jewish Bible). -Stephen (Steg) "your whistling sounds like scary alien bees!" ~ why not to attempt tuvan throat singing in public