Re: New contribution

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Wed May 05 2004 - 11:42:35 CDT

On 04/05/2004 16:43, Mark E. Shoulson wrote:

> Peter Kirk wrote:
>> ...
>> Thanks for the data. These are I suppose American Jews. A fairer test
>> might be among Israeli native speakers of Hebrew.
> OK, then. That's what I did today. And to make sure that it wasn't
> my faulty handwriting, I used an actual image from the Shiloam
> inscription. They couldn't read it, they didn't know what it was.
> They were turning it around trying to decide which way was up. They
> thought they recognized some reversed letters (E and such, which were
> really hes), and one definitely saw a tet (which was actually a
> lamed). These are native speakers of Hebrew, mind, and they didn't
> know *which end of the letters goes up*.
> That ethnic group good enough for you?
Thank you. Fine. This doesn't surprise me, actually.

Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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