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Re: Polysemy

From:Mau Rauszer <maurauser@...>
Date:Sunday, November 16, 2003, 19:44
David Peterson  <ThatBlueCat@...> 2003.11.16. 13:49:34 -5h-kor írta:

> Anyway, it should also be noted that though Egyptian never wrote the short > vowels, they always wrote the long ones. It was as if they felt the short > vowels didn't make a difference, but the long vowels did. Thus far, I > haven't > seen a writing system that doesn't have a way of marking some kind of > vowel at > all.
Well, according to my knowledge of Egyptian, they _did_ not indicate the vowels but tehere are some consonant signs which modern scolars read as if they were vowels, ( probably because they were semivowels or were lost 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 ) Biblical Hebrew (and I guess, Phoenician too) also did not indicate vowels but later scribes devised the system for the vowels to preserve the pronounciation since Hebrwe has become a dead language. Jus tell me if I'm wrong. Yours, -- Mau