Terminology (was: Latin glottal stop in ID in NWT, Canada)

Eli Zaretskii eliz at gnu.org
Sat Oct 24 08:04:24 CDT 2015

> Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2015 13:45:31 +0100
> From: Richard Wordingham <richard.wordingham at ntlworld.com>
> On Sat, 24 Oct 2015 14:43:27 +0300
> Eli Zaretskii <eliz at gnu.org> wrote:
> > Then when is the Hebrew script an alphabet, in your view?
> The Hebrew script for Hebrew is an alphabet when the niqqud are used, as
> in ordinary copies of the Old Testament, e.g. as in
> https://www.academic-bible.com/en/online-bibles/biblia-hebraica-stuttgartensia-bhs/read-the-bible-text/ .
> I don't feel that calling it an alphabet as opposed to an abjad is
> helpful, but by the definitions it's an alphabet.

An alphabet, AFAIU, has to have vowels that are represented as
letters, equally to consonants.  Hebrew with niqqud doesn't fit that
description, because niqqud are not letters.

> Yiddish has been described as using an alphabet

I agree, but I wasn't talking about Yiddish.

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