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Re: Hebrew vowels (was Re: tlhn'ks't, ngghlyam'ft, and other scary words)

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Thursday, February 6, 2003, 5:04
On Wed, 5 Feb 2003 19:02:28 -0600 Danny Wier <dawier@...> writes:
> Kþav "Steg Belsky" <draqonfayir@...>
- Heh, i just noticed that now :-)
> | On Wed, 5 Feb 2003 06:56:21 -0600 Danny Wier <dawier@...> > writes: > The means by which 3x2 vowels in common Semitic became 5x2+1 in > Hebrew is one of > those linguistic issues I've always been fascinated about, and I'm > trying to make sense of it right now. Also the whole shwa issue. > Anyway, I always thought the ultrashort e/a/å are just... > ultra-short short e/a/å. Is there a change in quality and not just
quantity? - As far as i know it's just quantity. Hopefully i'll remember to get my copy of Rendsburg's article next time i'm home and then i can put up some summary of his description of the system here on the list.
> | According to an analysis of Biblical Hebrew phonology i read by > Gary > | Rendsburg, (if i understood it and remember it correctly) all the > huge > | number of Hebrew vowels are pretty much just allophonic variations > of the > | basic 6 Semitic vowels /a i u a: i: u:/.
> And the basic Semitic diphthongs /ai/ and /au/. Hebrew is not alone > as realizing > them as /e:/ and /o:/; Maghribi Arabic is one of the clearest > examples. And Maltese too I believe.
- In my Unnamed Semitic Conlang, i'm planning on having: /a:/ > /a/ /i:/ > /i/ /u:/ > /u/ /a/ > /@/ /i/ > /e/ /u/ > /o/ I don't remember thinking about /ai/ and /aw/, though. -Stephen (Steg) "aru."