Yaakov Sapir's "Eben-Sapir," and chapter "Masa'oth Teman"

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  1. olam sayri
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The pronunciation of the vowel "sagol" is the same as the "patach". (the sagol as a written vowel did not exist in the Babylonian system).

sagol patach
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* Morag, Shlomo--Pronunciation of Hebrew, Encyclopedia Judaica, Keter Jerusalem 1971, Vol 13. Col 1122-24

Yemenite Jewry had been the recipient of a variety of Babylonian traditions. This was a result of their close relationship. Historical documentation of the cultural bonds were found in Genizot (archives--usually buried). These writings described the trade and cultural relations between the two countries.

Yemenite Jewry has maintained many of the phonetic sounds which other Jewish Ethnic groups no longer have. The system of Professor Shlomo Morag shows clearly and succinctly the pheonetics in the Yemenite Pronuciation. The charts that follow is a representation of that system. Click on it once to view the  chart and then close the window to return.

Yemenite Pronunciation Charts (click on one below)

Important note from Site Admin.: The letter Sin (ie: the Shin with out the dot) and Samawkh have slightly different sounds. This is not noted in the table below.

saddi = s with a diacritic dot underneath or a carat
sameh = s without any diactics or accents
shin = s with a hatcheck
sin = s with an acute accent

Also, the bet (without a dot) can not be described accurately in English. The closest sound is the english "v" with lips a bit closed.

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