The Ras Shamra Matrix by W. C. WATT


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Further, /r/ patterns with the laryngeals in another respect in Ugaritic itself, apparently conditioning the co-occurrence within the same morpheme of /d/ rather than /d/ (Gordon 1965: 26-27). On the other hand, though, /r/ does appear to geminate in Ugaritic, as in '§rr', 'srr', and 'trr' (Gordon 1965: 476, 507, though see also Good 1981). Of possible pertinence to the general argument, /r/ is uvular in present-day Askenazic Hebrew (Cantineau 1950: 91), and also, though modern Israeli Hebrew is basically Sephardic (Chomsky 1969: 92), in that language as well (Berman 1978: notes 4, 5).

Z' through '§'). The Matrix's tacit statements about phonological similarity would be affected by this change, but not by very much. Both Fronzaroli and Segert also categorize 'z', the eighteenth letter, as an interdental, specifically an 'emphatic' (velarized or glottalized) unvoiced interdental (see, respectively, 1955: 21-36 and 1984: 32). Whether because of its backed 'emphatic' quality or because it was lateralized, this letter is sequenced abecedarially not to fall into lib with the other two interdentals, but rather to fall into Va, with /s/.

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