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By Kim Phillips on Fri 23 Jul 2021

Do you need a short, memorable overview of when the shewa is silent or sounded, and how to pronounce it? Or perhaps a recap of when the accent tevir is preceded by darga, and when by merkha? Maybe you’d like a succinct reminder of the various fiddly rules regarding the spirantisation of the begadkefat letters when they begin a word ending in one of the letters alef, vav, yod or he? Or maybe you’d settle for a summary of the different pronunciations of the letter resh? If so - you need the quntrese... Read More

Has tags: Book, Genizah Fragments, Hebrew, language, masora


By Sarah Sykes on Wed 23 Jun 2021

When you have lived such a busy and varied life as Stefan Reif, it behoves you to record it for future posterity! From humble beginnings in Edinburgh to Professor and College Fellow at Cambridge University, Stefan’s life journey has been one full of industry and determination. The book, originally conceived as a means to pass on the family history to his grandchildren became, as he was writing, a record as much for himself as for them, and a task he very much enjoyed. Indeed,... Read More

Has tags: Book, Genizah Fragments, Stefan Reif


By Melonie Schmierer-Lee on Thu 6 May 2021

Fustat’s multilingual community and the practice of stashing away sacred but worn out manuscripts make an appearance in novelist and former Reuters journalist Sophie Hardach’s new book, Languages Are Good For Us (2021). The book, written for a general audience interested in ‘the strange and wonderful ways in which humans have used languages’ is bursting with fascinating stories, ranging from cuneiform tablets, Linear B, the activities of medieval monks, and trading languages, to fairy tales and language acquisition in children.

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Has tags: Book, Genizah Fragments, language


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