Studies in Semitic Vocalisation and Reading Traditions - cover image

Book Series


Aaron Hornkohl; Geoffrey Khan

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  • English

Print Length

711 pages (xxiv+687)


Paperback156 x 36 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.43" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 52 x 234 mm(6.14" x 2.06" x 9.21")


Paperback2171g (76.58oz)
Hardback3355g (118.34oz)



OCLC Number





  • CFF
  • CFP


  • REL006020
  • LAN009010


  • PJ3023


  • pronunciation of Semitic languages
  • representation of Semitic languages pronunciation
  • from late antiquity until the Middle Ages
  • reading traditions of Biblical Hebrew
  • vocalisation notation systems
  • Punic traditions of Hebrew
  • Biblical Aramaic traditions of Hebrew
  • Syriac traditions of Hebrew
  • Arabic traditions of Hebrew
  • post-biblical traditions of Hebrew
  • piyyuṭ
  • medieval Hebrew poetry
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Studies in Semitic Vocalisation and Reading Traditions

This volume brings together papers relating to the pronunciation of Semitic languages and the representation of their pronunciation in written form. The papers focus on sources representative of a period that stretches from late antiquity until the Middle Ages. A large proportion of them concern reading traditions of Biblical Hebrew, especially the vocalisation notation systems used to represent them. Also discussed are orthography and the written representation of prosody.

Beyond Biblical Hebrew, there are studies concerning Punic, Biblical Aramaic, Syriac, and Arabic, as well as post-biblical traditions of Hebrew such as piyyuṭ and medieval Hebrew poetry. There were many parallels and interactions between these various language traditions and the volume demonstrates that important insights can be gained from such a wide range of perspectives across different historical periods.

Table of Contents




Aaron D. Hornkohl and Geoffrey Khan

Robert Crellin and Lucia Tamponi - Vowel Quantity and Quality in Neo-Punic and Latin Inscriptions

Robert Crellin and Lucia Tamponi

Benjamin Kantor - The Development of the Hebrew Wayyiqṭol

Benjamin Kantor

Peter Myers - The Representation of Gutturals by Vowels in the LXX

Peter Myers

Dorota Molin - Biblical Quotations in the Aramaic Incantation Bowls

Dorota Molin

Benjamin D. Suchard - The Reflexes of *i and *u

Benjamin D. Suchard

Nick Posegay - Shared Tradition in Syriac, Arabic, and Hebrew Vocalisation

Nick Posegay

Aaron D. Hornkohl - Discord between Tiberian Written and Reading Traditions

Aaron D. Hornkohl

Joseph Habib - Qere and Ketiv in the Exegesis of the Karaites and Saadya

Joseph Habib

Vincent DeCaen and B. Elan Dresher - Pausal Forms and Prosodic Structure in Tiberian Hebrew

Vincent DeCaen and B. Elan Dresher

Kim Phillips - Samuel ben Jacob’s Treatment of Exceptional Vocalic Shewas

Kim Phillips

Benjamin Outhwaite - The Tiberian Tradition in Common Bibles from the Genizah

Benjamin Outhwaite

Estara Arrant - Near-Model and Non-Standard Tiberian Torah Manuscripts

Estara Arrant

Geoffrey Khan - The Imperfect Oral Performance of the Tiberian Tradition

Geoffrey Khan

Élodie Attia - Variants in Ashkenazic Biblical Manuscripts

Élodie Attia

José Martínez Delgado - The Prosodic Models of Andalusi Hebrew Metrics

José Martínez Delgado

Michael Rand - Marginalia to the Qillirian Rhyme System

Michael Rand