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Re: USAGE: Abugidas

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Friday, January 30, 2004, 0:04
On Thursday, January 29, 2004, at 05:07  PM, Joe wrote:
> jcowan@REUTERSHEALTH.COM wrote: >> Well, if you like. But the Hebrew Bible is (normally) always written >> with >> vowel marks, so does that mean that Biblical Hebrew is no longer >> written >> with an abjad? I would say that an abjad gives greater weight to >> consonants >> than vowels, but abstain on the optional vs. required question. >> >> > > I'd suggest that 'wrting nglish lk ths' qualifies as abjad-oid. > Were the Dead Sea Scrolls written with vowel marks?
Vowel marks hadn't been invented yet. The Dead Sea Scrolls were written with an almost gaudy superfluence of |imot qeri'a| / matres lectionis (=consonants used as vowel place-holders), compared to the 'standard' Masoretic Hebrew Bible text that we have. They even used more vowel place-holders than Modern Israeli Hebrew does! So for instance, while the word /qodSExO/ 'your holiness' would be written |QDShK| in the Masoretic tradition, the Qumranites would probably write it something like |QVDShKH|, with |v| place-holding for the /o/ and |h| for the final /a/. -Stephen (Steg) "brooklyn the holy / brooklyn profane hearing some yiddish / no habla español..." ~ 'bruqlin' by ehud banai (translated)