Re: Numerics

From: Iain Strachan <>
Date: Sun Jun 05 2005 - 19:19:14 EDT

It's really late here in the UK so only one answer now and i'll look at the
rest later:

> Aleph "a" is given the value of 1 in Vernon's scheme. And since it is the
> primordial vowel and the points use it to tell pronounciation (see
>, I guess I am a bit confused
> about the use of vowels. If A isn't a vowel, what is it?

Aleph isn't treated as a vowel in the Hebrew language. It is a described as
a soundless consonant. Here is a good description from "A Practical Grammar
of Classical Hebrew" by J. Weingreen:

" ALEPH (represented by the light breathing ') is a cutting off of the
breath; its consonantal value being apparent when it has a vowel. It is
analogous to the silent 'h' in a word like 'honest'."

In this text aleph is thus unambiguously a consonant.

Hope this helps.
More later when I'm awake.
Received on Sun Jun 5 19:21:15 2005

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