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We don't have enough evidence about Ancient Egyptian to know if that was the case there. The Egyptians wrote the previous letter twice in certain contexts.

Since this was usually at the end of a word, it has been argued that this is the same usage as in Hebrew or Arabic and that it actually represents the vowel of a long "i. Where "yy" is usually written inside words, as in the Demotic word for " Greek ," Wynn , which is clearly from "Ionian," there is little doubt that a long "i" is meant. These are noncommital on the issue of the letter being a vowel.

The picture of a forearm, this represents a strongly guttural consonant, the 'ayn in Arabic.

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The throat contracts but does not close a voiced pharyngeal fricative. Egyptians today have no trouble with this, but it is a sound that does not occur in Indo-European languages unless the Caucasus-Indo-European hypothesis is correct, and 'ayn is one of the famous lost laryngeals and has disappeared from other Semitic languages, as it did from Coptic. Transcription type fonts represent this with a large apostrophe that is concave to the right, like a pried open "c.

The picture of a quail chick, this is simply a "w" labial glide. However, like "y," the "w" has become very weak and sometimes disappears. While it is tempting and sometimes compelling to read it in some contexts as a vowel, as in the name of the builder of the Great Pyramid, kh wfw , "Khufu," we usually don't have any evidence about that. When it is followed by a vowel, there is not much ambiguity. Similarly, , "The One" female, for a goddess in Egyptian, is in Coptic. B's in Egyptian often correspond to m's in Hebrew or Arabic.

Thus the root , slm in Arabic or , sh lm in Hebrew, "peace," "to be healthy," etc. The picture of a stool, this is a "p" unvoiced bilabial stop. Note that p doesn't exist in Classical Arabic, which means that words from Coptic like "pa" "the" turn up as "ba" in Arabic. With the increase in demand for Chinese as a second language, there are institutions teaching Chinese language globally according to the Chinese Ministry of Education.

The origin of the falling tone in the Kyoto dialect of Japanese

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