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17 November , 2015, 03:28:24 pm
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Offline Anaksunamun

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E vs A vs H => all equal 'a' according to Old Bohairic
« on: 17 November , 2015, 03:28:24 pm »
This has caused me to always be curious as to why have 3 vowel letters represent one sound?!

What sense would it make to have construct, absolute, ect forms if they are all pronounced the same way but spelled differently?!


21 November , 2015, 07:10:36 pm
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Re: E vs A vs H => all equal 'a' according to Old Bohairic
« Reply #1 on: 21 November , 2015, 07:10:36 pm »
They are not pronounced the same way.

ⲁ = a
ⲉ = e
ⲟ = o

ⲓ = long i
ⲏ = long e
ⲱ = long o
ⲟⲩ = long u

You see, there are originally no short i and u, and no long a.

If you need them (in foreign words), long a remains is written by ⲁ, short i = often ⲉ and short u often by ⲟⲩ. (as in ⲙⲟⲩϩⲁⲙⲉⲧ = Muhammad)

30 November , 2015, 08:38:22 am
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Re: E vs A vs H => all equal 'a' according to Old Bohairic
« Reply #2 on: 30 November , 2015, 08:38:22 am »
According to what I've learned (old pronunciation)

ⲓ is actually short i
ⲏ is long e (or long i, don't see difference between niiim and neeem)
ⲏ is also more commonly pronounced as long a (hence forum's name kami )