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ERIC Number: ED313901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 11
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Suggestions on the Transcription of Sephardic Texts into the Roman Alphabet.
Zucker, George K.
Difficulties in transcription from the Hebrew to the Roman alphabet are discussed. The resolution of some of the problems in Judeo-Spanish texts using the "aljamiado" writing system are reviewed, including the use of some Hebrew consonants as vowels, representation of Judeo-Spanish sounds non-existent in Hebrew, and phonetic variations not resolved by context. Difficulties encountered in the transcription of aljamiado texts into the Roman alphabet are then examined. These difficulties include the lack of an accepted standardized system for transcription, representation of stress, adjusting the transcription to serve different purposes, such as historical study vs. accessibility to lay readers, and the legitimacy of transliteration. Six specific suggestions for transcription are made, and 3 transcriptions of the same text by different people are appended. The transcriptions are done by individuals whose native languages are Spanish, Judeo-Spanish, and English. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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