vowel point


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vowel point

n.
Any of a number of diacritical marks written above or below consonants to indicate a preceding or following vowel in languages that are usually written without vowel letters, as in Hebrew and Arabic.

vowel point

n
(Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) any of several marks or points placed above or below consonants, esp those evolved for Hebrew or Arabic, in order to indicate vowel sounds

vow′el point`


n.
any of a group of auxiliary symbols, as small lines and dots, placed above or below consonant symbols to indicate vowels in a writing system, as that of Hebrew or Arabic, in which vowels are otherwise not written.
[1755–65]
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Noun1.vowel point - a mark placed below or near a consonant (as in Hebrew or Arabic) to indicate the spoken vowel
vowel - a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken vowel
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The Syriac writing seems to be in the East Syriac script with vowel points, and you do not find such manuscripts before about the 15th century.
3) The evidence is from three kinds of sources: detailed phonetic descriptions by medieval scholars, including their systematic notation of such things as secondary stress; transcriptions of Arabic into Hebrew script; and transcription of Hebrew pronunciation in Arabic script, marking vowel quality with the Hebrew vowel points but vowel length with the Arabic vowel letters alif, waw, and ya'.