From: Ted Hopp (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Jul 07 2003 - 20:03:06 EDT
On 07/07/2003 2:51 PM, Peter Kirk wrote:
> ... Also a surprising number of languages have been
> written in Hebrew script at various times. ...
One doesn't have to look at exotic languages (or the Hebrew Bible) to find
strange uses of Hebrew characters. I have a modern Hebrew-English dictionary
that uses all kinds of non-standard Hebrew orthography to represent the
correct pronunciation of English words to Hebrew speakers. There are things
like a hard pe at the end of a word, two alefs in a row ("oar" is shown as
being pronounced alef-point holam-alef), a hiriq under the last consonant,
two vowels (not both combining, though) on a consonant ("how" ->
he-qamats-shuruq), etc. (Some of the more amusing entries are the Hebrew
pronunciation guides to the English translations of Hebrew names.)
So I'd hate to use modern Hebrew language orthography rules as the basis for
setting expectations regarding modern Hebrew character usage.
Ted Hopp, Ph.D.
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