On Fri, 26 Jul 2002 10:33:57 +0100 =?iso-8859-1?q?bnathyuw?= <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> isn't noam the same name as naomi, interpreted by
> people with different readings of the hebrew vowel 'T'
> ?
> another gender-bending name then. like marian.
They're both from the same root, |N3M| ("pleasant"), but they're different names:
Noam is |no`am|, ['no3am]
Naomi is |na`omi|, [nO:3O.'mi:]
/3/ = `ayin, voiced pharyngeal fricative/approximant
[O.] = ultrashort [O]
If i'm reading the vowel alternations correctly, i think Noam means "pleasantness" and Naomi means "my pleasantness".
-Stephen (Steg), brother of the Left-Handed Lithuanian
 "Dievas dave dantis, Dievas duos duonos"
 (with a dot over the E in |dave|)