RE: Yerushala(y)im - or Biblical Hebrew

From: John Hudson (
Date: Thu Jul 03 2003 - 13:15:36 EDT

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    At 08:52 03/07/2003, wrote:

    >I consider this reasoning flawed,
    >however: the encoded representation is a representation of the *text*, not
    >the phonology, and the text most certainly does include sequences such as
    >lamed patah hiriq.

    Indeed, and it contains them because the Masoretes insisted on faithfully
    preserving the consonant structure of the ancient manuscript. There is not
    an 'implied' consonant in the text: there is a very explicit and intended
    absence of a consonant that precedes the vocalisation and is maintained
    regardless of the vocalisation.

    John Hudson

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