Re: missing Hebrew point left holam

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Jun 09 1999 - 10:04:48 EDT

Timothy Partridge wrote:

> The only exception I
> can find is the rare Yiddish with redundant pointing. Here most alefs
> represent a vowel and have a point on them, so no risk of jumping. Alef
> without a point (shtumer alef) only seems to occur at the start of a word,

IIRC there are two other kinds of unpointed alefs in Yiddish writing:
"ornans", which appears at the ends of words and represents a
schwa no longer pronounced (as in dales-yod-alef, "di"), now dropped
in Standard Yiddish writing but present in older manuscripts; and
"dividens", which is used to separate consecutive yods or vavs
to make it clear that they are not diphthongs.

John Cowan
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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