From: Dean Snyder (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Apr 30 2004 - 11:06:35 EDT
Philippe Verdy wrote at 3:45 PM on Friday, April 30, 2004:
>Suppose that a modern Hebrew text is speaking about Phoenician words, the
>distinction is not only a matter of style but carries semantic
>well, as they are distinct languages. It's obvious that a modern Hebrew
>will not be able to decipher a Phoenician word, and even understand it if
>it is transliterated to the Hebrew script.
You are grossly exaggerating the language differences here:
1st Millenium BC 2nd Millenium AD
ykbd ykbd both = "he will honor"
tbrk tbrk both = "she will bless"
bqsh bqsh both = "he searched for"
btm btm both = "houses"
In fact, the differences between the West Semitic languages of ancient
Canaan are often treated as dialectical differences. (And modern Israeli
Hebrew can be viewed as a dialect of ancient Hebrew.)
And don't forget that to an ancient Hebrew reader the Phoenician glyphs
for all these characters are practically identical to the ancient Hebrew
>Even though there's a continuum here, having the choice between a historic
>script and the modern Hebrew script will be useful to allow writing
>mixed scripts (notably for didactic purposes, and vulgarization books).
This could easily be, and in fact is being, done right now via font
Dean A. Snyder
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Manager, Digital Hammurabi Project
Computer Science Department
Whiting School of Engineering
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Johns Hopkins University
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