Vowels in semitic alphabet languages

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While several alphabetic systems are in use, this chapter focuses on the two Semitic alphabet languages-Arabic and Hebrew-especially in the orthography of the two languages. Semitic scripts are unique in that short vowels are represented as diacritics on consonant letters. The unique characteristics of Arabic and Hebrew orthographies make them unique for investigations among Latin alphabets or even one among the other (Taouk and Coltheart 2004). Hebrew and Arabic are both read from right to left.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBilinguals
Subtitle of host publicationCognition, Education and Language Processing
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781607417101
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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