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Re: Proto-Semitic (was Re: markjjones@HOTMAIL.COM)

From:Rob Haden <magwich78@...>
Date:Thursday, March 10, 2005, 16:17
On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 17:30:15 +0200, Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>

>Not according to what i've seen... >Sure we're talking about the right sound? >voiced pharyngeal fricative(/approximant) = `ayin > >If i remember correctly, this sound is attested in almost all Semitic >languages, except for Akkadian (which collapsed almost all of its >'gutterals', leaving only /x/).
Whoops, you're right. I consulted the PDF file and saw that `ayin is present in all modern and historic Semitic languages except Akkadian, Maltese, and Eastern Aramaic. It's interesting that, of all the Semitic languages, only Akkadian underwent a radical collapse of most of its "gutterals". I wonder if it actually didn't, but that it only appears so due to the inadequacies of Sumerian cuneiform writing in representing Akkadian phonemes. - Rob


Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>