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yod

(jʊd) or

yodh

n
(Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) the tenth letter in the Hebrew alphabet (י), transliterated as y
[C18: from Hebrew, literally: hand]

yod

or yodh

(yʊd; Heb. yɔd)

n.
the tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
[1725–35; < Hebrew yōdh, akin to yādh hand]
Translations

yod

[jɒd] Nyod f
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Galil said that the text must be written in an early form of southern Hebrew, as it is the only language of the time to use two yods (Hebrew letters) to spell the word wine.
As a result, its main merit seems to be as a convenient device to get those ever-present, pesky yods out of the way.
Since the initials of class C words were generally kept separate from the initials of words in other classes, I will indicate this by adding a yod (*j) after the initial.
Downer in 1957 argued persuasively that the retroflex sibilants were not actually followed by a yod even when placed in a third-division rime; he maintained that it would be better to write *su rather than *sju, *dzung rather than *dzjung, and *sek rather than *sjek, even at the stage of the Chiehyunn.
It appears that, initially at least, Pulleyblank's chief ground for suspicion about the division-three yod was the lack of any such element in numerous early transcriptions of foreign words and names in Chinese; frequently the yod of the Chiehyunn reconstruction is totally superfluous (Pulleyblank 1962: 99).
Even a cursory inspection of Coblin's 1986 Sinologist's Handlist reveals a significantly large number of cases of Chinese forms with medial yod corresponding to Tibeto-Burman forms lacking a comparable element.
In view of other evidence that suggests that the yod of the third division has a secondary origin, it makes better sense to see these forms as coming from a stage of Chinese independent of the Chiehyunn, in which a palatal medial had not developed in the forms cited.
In the Wang Renshiuh redaction of the Chiehyunn studied by Lii Rong (1957), there is a total of 3,633 distinct syllables; of these 52% belong to division three; that is, they are syllables containing a palatal medial or yod.
Division-three syllables must, from a phonological point of view, be considered marked in comparison to those of other divisions, in that they contain an added feature of palatality manifested in the presence of a reconstructed palatal medial or yod.
Downer has shown that the yod after the retroflex initials *ts, *tsh, *dz, and *s is non-distinctive.