Re: [tied] Re: All of creation in Six and Seven

From: Miguel Carrasquer
Message: 27384
Date: 2003-11-18

On Tue, 18 Nov 2003 00:41:22 +0000, Richard Wordingham
<richard.wordingham@...> wrote:

>--- In, Miguel Carrasquer <mcv@...> wrote:
>> On Mon, 17 Nov 2003 20:34:25 +0000, Glen Gordon <glengordon01@...>
>> wrote:
>> >The point is that there are evidently ample
>> >phonemes to choose from in IE that could approximate Semitic
>> >ayin, rather than merely ignoring the phoneme, even if the
>> >approximation isn't perfect.
>> PIE had h1 (h?), h2 (x?) and h3 (G/xW?), so an inventory more or
>less like
>> that of Dutch. Yet in Dutch, `Arafat is pronounced as Arafat, not
>> Garafat or Charafat.
>Is this meant to be a serious argument?

Yes. Arabic `ayn is completely ignored when Arab words get borrowed into
European languages, whether the process is direct or indirect. Nobody
distinguishes the `ayn in Iraq from the 'alif in Iran.

Miguel Carrasquer Vidal