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Semitic Vocalization and Reading Traditions

Semitic Vocalization and Reading Traditions

One-day conference

Friday, 4thMay, 2018

Room L1, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

** Please note that the venue for this event has changed to Room L1 in the Faculty **


9.00 Introduction


Robert Crellin ‘Vowel writing in Neo-Punic: evidence from the transcription of Latin names’

Pete Myers ‘Some aspects of the representation of Hebrew vowels in Greek transcriptions’

Ben Kantor ‘Variation, Diversity, and Development in Biblical Hebrew Vocalization Traditions as Demonstrated by the Transcribed Lists of Biblical Book Names and the Hebrew Alphabet’

Chip Coakley ‘The Syriac diacritical point revisited’

11.15 Coffee


Nicholas Posegay ‘Connecting the Dots: The Shared Phonological Tradition of Syriac, Arabic, and Hebrew Vocalization’

Johan Lundberg ‘Accents and intonation group boundaries in subordinate clauses in Syriac’

Aaron Hornkohl ‘The Infinitive Construct with Prefixed lamed: Thoughts on the Historical Depth of the Tiberian Vocalization’

1.15pm Lunch


Estara Arrant ‘Non-Standard Tiberian Vocalization and Model Hebrew Bible Codicology’

Kim Phillips ‘The Vocalization of the Palestinian Serugin Manuscripts’

Michael Rand ‘Phonology and Phonetics of Medieval Hebrew through the Lens of Rhyme’

Shai Heijmans ‘The segol-tsere in the Palestino-Tiberian vocalization of Targumic Aramaic’

3.45pm Tea


Benjamin Suchard ‘Phonemicization of free variation: The reflexes of *i and *u in Biblical Aramaic and Biblical Hebrew’

Daniel Birnstiel ‘Vowel lengthening and syllable structure in Qur’anic reading traditions’

Geoffrey Khan ‘Remarks on vowel length and syllable structure in Biblical Hebrew traditions’

6.30pm Dinner for speakers (Rice Boat Restaurant, Newnham Road, Cambridge)

 For further information, contact:

Prof. Geoffrey Khan,
Regius Professor of Hebrew
Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies