|From:||Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Monday, November 17, 2003, 19:37|
On Sunday, November 16, 2003, at 06:49 PM, David Peterson wrote:
> Why is polysemy intolerable?
> Ray wrote:
> <<_nb_ = 'all, every' and _nb_ = 'lord';
> _sn_ = 'brother' and _sn_ = '(to) kiss' [verb]>>
> In the writing system, of course, there was no confusion with Egyptian.
> So, for example, the /nb/ that was used to mean "every" had no
> determinative, whereas the /nb/ that meant "lord" had a human
Not always. The determinative could be added but wasn't always used.
But I'm well aware of use of determinatives. I don't think they're
appropriate for BrSc.
On Sunday, November 16, 2003, at 07:46 PM, Mau Rauszer wrote:
> David Peterson <ThatBlueCat@...> 2003.11.16. 13:49:34 -5h-kor írta:
>> Anyway, it should also be noted that though Egyptian never wrote the
>> vowels, they always wrote the long ones. It was as if they felt the
>> vowels didn't make a difference, but the long vowels did. Thus far, I
>> seen a writing system that doesn't have a way of marking some kind of
>> vowel at
> Well, according to my knowledge of Egyptian, they _did_ not indicate the
Yep - all the authorities I've consulted have so far been in agreement
Egyptians _never_ indicated vowels, whether long or short. Indeed, I was
aware that we were able to determine even if egyptian had phonemic vowel
> but tehere are some consonant signs which modern scolars read
> as if they were vowels, ( probably because they were semivowels or were
> like the l-like sound which is transliterated as a 3-ish sign and was
> used to
> transscibe 'a' in foreign names during the New Kingdom )
Oh yes - that's so. It seems to be a convention to pronounce laryngeal &
consonants as [a] and, when convenient to do so, /j/ as [i] and /w/ as [u]
sticking in [E]everywhere else.
> Biblical Hebrew (and I guess, Phoenician too) also did not indicate
> vowels but
> later scribes devised the system for the vowels to preserve the
> since Hebrwe has become a dead language.
> Jus tell me if I'm wrong.
No; AFAIK you are correct. I'm sure there have been and probably still
pure abjads about. I'm sure John can enlighten us :)