A History of the Hebrew Language by Eduard Yechezkel Kutscher

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B ergsträsser, E inführung, pp. 3-2 0 . 11 [§§17-19 C h apter F our B IB LIC A L H EB R EW A. T ripartite Division o f Biblical Hebrew § 17. It is scarcely possible to date the different books of BH on a linguistic basis, but by and large, scholars have accepted the following tripartite division: 1) A rchaic Biblical H ebrew (A B H ) is represented mainly by the poetry o f the Pentateuch and the Early Prophets. ). 2) Standard Biblical H ebrew (SBH) representing Biblical prose. ). B. M ethod of Presentation § 18.

10, 2 1 -3 1 ; 11, 10-26) is used to denote a group of languages that share com m on features of phonology, m orphology, syntax and vocabulary. The m ost reasonable assum ption is that these languages are related to each other through descent from a parent language, Proto-Semitic, (as for example, the Rom ance languages are descended from Latin). However, unlike Latin, Proto-Semitic did not survive, although certain of its characteristics can be reconstructed with the aid o f the older Semitic languages.

To be sure, English, for example, does have this consonant, but employs it as a word marker only, c fr a n ice man as against a nice man. In the Semitic languages this additional sound produced in the first phrase after an in the English example counts as a full-fledged phoneme, though it is very much liable to weakening. II. The Pharyngals ‫ ע‬,‫( ח‬/h, Ί) §9. It is nearly impossible to describe these sounds to a European who has never heard them pronounced by Oriental Jews or by Arabic-speakers.

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