From: John Cowan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Jul 30 2003 - 17:55:11 EDT
Peter Kirk scripsit:
> But there are other sequences which are
> ambiguous between ending in a consonant or a vowel, notably yod
> following hiriq, and vav with dagesh which may be shuruq.
Luckily there aren't positional variants of these, however, correct? Both
hiriq and shuruq are always centered.
> I guess it is for reasons like that that we have
> separate final letter forms in Hebrew script,
Specifically, in Yiddish -p is written with non-final pe, as I believe
is the case in Modern Hebrew also (in borrowings and abbreviations).
Elsewhere, Yiddish p is pe-dagesh, whereas f is pe-rafe.
> If we do want to distinguish the two positions of holam while
> keeping it following the base character, the only way which doesn't land
> us in a nasty mess is to define a second variant of holam.
So let it be written (using
http://std.dkuug.dk/JTC1/SC2/WG2/docs/n2352-form.html), so let it be done!
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