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LINGUIST List 16.2628

Mon Sep 12 2005

Qs: Hebrew Names; Phonemic Vowel Length and Music

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        1.    Vardit Haimi-Cohen, Hebrew Names
        2.    Julian Bradfield, Phonemic Vowel Length and Music

Message 1: Hebrew Names
Date: 09-Sep-2005
From: Vardit Haimi-Cohen <vardityale.edu>
Subject: Hebrew Names

I am a college student beginning a research project on Hebrew names, and
how they function in the trilateral-root/binyan system. I would be very
grateful for any suggestions for background reading either on names in
Hebrew, the linguisitic features of names in general, etc.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Hebrew (heb)

Message 2: Phonemic Vowel Length and Music
Date: 11-Sep-2005
From: Julian Bradfield <jcbinf.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: Phonemic Vowel Length and Music

How do languages with phonemic vowel length (especially when there are
no quality distinctions between long and short versions) treat vocal music?
Or perhaps more accurately, how do people writing songs in such languages
treat length?

Do they mostly preserve it, or mostly ignore it?

Is it perhaps the case that a short vowel can be extended to fit a long note,
but a long vowel cannot be shortened?

Thanks for any information - reply to me, and I'll summarize to the list.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

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