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From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Monday, August 16, 1999, 19:22
On Sun, 15 Aug 1999, Steg Belsky wrote:

> I'm not sure what the difference is between a mutation and a "normal > sound change". > Hebrew /b/ is pronounced as [v]: > 1. at the end of a syllable, i.e. [HErEv] > 2. after a 'long' vowel, i.e. [SOvaT] > 3. following a shva-na`, i.e. [l@vaD]
Mutation is an alternation among consonants which is primarily morphological, and for which little or no phonological conditioning can be found (although it may be historically recoverable). Celtic abounds with mutations. Hebrew doesn't have any. The term I've most frequently encountered for the Hebrew alternations is spirantization, which is a fine way to describe these changes. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga "All grammars leak." -Edward Sapir