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Raymond Brown wrote:


> y = pronounced like 'oo' as in 'bOOt'."
>
> This unequivocably means that {y} = [u]; I assume {u} does not have the
> same sound and that "similar to English" must mean that {u} = [V], i.e. the
> 'u' in American & southern British 'but'.

I inquired privately, and was told that "u" and "y" are pronounced as in
Finnish, viz. [U] and [Y] respectively.  Also, double vowels are pronounced
geminate (Ivan's Rule).

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