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bgdkpt Consonants: Modern Hebrew
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Biblical Hebrew stops (other than ק q, the emphatic ט and the glottal א ʾ) were spirantized postvocalically. In Modern Hebrew spirantization (= fricativization) is much more restricted; it is limited to the consonant pairs b-v (ב), k-x (כ), and p-f (פ), and even among those there are so many counter-examples that the fricative members of these pairs can no longer be deemed allophones, but must be considered independent phonemes. The counter-examples, ‘violations’ of the rules of normative grammar, arise mostly when forms become opaque…

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Bolozky, Shmuel, “bgdkpt Consonants: Modern Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 19 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000763>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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