On Wed, 26 Apr 2000 06:21:52 +0100 Raymond Brown <[log in to unmask]> writes: > It was Semitic letter 'He:t', representing IIRC a voiceless, > pharyngeal > fricative and written as H. (The equivalent letter in the modern > Hebrew > alphabet is now pronounced [x]). > Ray. - Only by those who can't, or don't for subcultural reasons, pronounce it the pharyngeal way. Before i got the knack of it i met an Israeli girl who insisted that people saying her name pronounce it the "correct" way, [Hofit], and specifically not [xofit] or [hofit]. Now, of course, i use [H] all the time, and people think that i'm Sephardic... -Stephen (Steg) ASHKENAZ POWER! RESIST ISRAELI LINGUICISM! [txi hasOfO hO'?IvrIs] !