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venge of the Mutant Ninja Consonants (Re; mutation?

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 17, 1999, 15:01
On Sun, 16 Aug 1998 16:01:22 -0400 Jay Bowks <jjbowks@...>
>Hey Dirk, >what would you call the Ephraimite sound shift >from "sh" to "s" in Shibboleth?
>Thintherely, >Jay B.
I read in a book about the history of Hebrew that there's a theory that the Efrayimite /s/ in [sibbolEt] wasn't an inability to pronounce the /S/ in standard (assumedly pre-begedkefet) /SibbolEt/, but an inability to pronounce /T/ in the dialect of the Gil`ad's [TibbolEt]. Proto-Semitic /T/ merged into /S/ in Hebrew. This theory claims that the use of _shin_ in the transcription of [TibbolEt] is an orthographic choice due to the similarity of the sounds, since there's no separate /T/ grapheme in Hebrew. However, i think the book rejected this theory on the basis that there's no record of a Proto-Semitic root *ThBL that would account for a th-b-l / sh-b-l discrepancy. -Stephen (Steg) ___________________________________________________________________ Get the Internet just the way you want it. Free software, free e-mail, and free Internet access for a month! Try Juno Web: