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Genitive relationships (WAS: Construct States))

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Sunday, March 7, 1999, 18:06
On Sun, 7 Mar 1999 14:18:50 +0000 "Raymond A. Brown"
<raybrown@...> writes:
>>I'm not sure what you mean by consonant mutations....from what i >think >>i've seen, the changes that Gaelic consonants go through are much >more >>extreme than Hebrew things like bege"d-kefe"t fricativization and the >>different forms of the -t- in the _hitpa`eil_ paradigm. >>Unless you're talking about something else?
>Plosives with or without 'dagesh lene'. When they are without dagesh >the >are traditionally transliterated: ph, bh, th, dh, kh and gh; but with >dagesh lene: p, b, t, d, k, g. This is reminiscent of the lenition >of the >Gaelic languages: 'soft' ph, bh, th, dh, ch, gh ~ 'hard' p, b, t, d, >c, g. >Indeed, it's my understanding that in the earliest form Gaelic the >softened >consonants were pronounced much the same way as, I'm told, the Yemeni >Jews >still pronounce the Hebrew consonants without dagesh.
>Ray. >
Ah, that's what i meant by _bege"d-kefe"t fricativization_. I guess what you call "dagesh lene" is _dagesh qal_, then? That's how i learned them....dagesh qal and dagesh hhazaq. There are many different Yemenite accents, and not all of them are as "phonetically correct" as straight plosive/fricative alternations. For instance, one that the History of the Hebrew Language book i've mentioned a few times talked about has [D] for <d> and [T] for <dh>, if i remember correctly. And in the conlang world, my still-in-the-sketching-out-phase Judean Romancelang, Judajajt, alternates [p b t d k g] with [P B s z x G], with [P] and [B] bilabial fricatives. -Stephen (Steg) ___________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]