Hebreísmo

Hebreísmo

Hebreísmo was created by Crawford J. Bennett, Jr. to write Castilian Spanish with Hebrew Letters. The Hebreísmo letters are modified for a handwritten alphabet wherein each letter fits into a "square," that is each letter takes up relatively the same amount of space on a page as any other letter would. However, Castilian orthography must be simplified to write in Hebreísmo. Hebreísmo is written from right to left, and vowels are always written.

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: alphabet.
  • Direction of writing: right to left in horizontal lines.
  • The vowels are always written
  • When handwritten, because Hebreísmo would be used by Castilian-speakers, Ov, Elef, and primary R (R-), may be written without a dot above.

Hebreísmo alphabet

Hebreísmo alphabet

Simplifications:

  • K, Qu, and C before A, O, and U, are represented by the letter Kaf.
  • G always makes the sound of the Spanish G before A, O, or U, the sound does not change if it comes before E or I.
  • H is always written, even though it is not pronounced.
  • J is used for Spanish GE and GI sounds, be sure to pronounce this gutturally.
  • Ll is as in Castilian, and does not sound like Y (a product of yeísmo).
  • Ñ is represented by NY, in Hebreísmo it is a ligature.
  • V makes the same sound as the V in English, and so is a different letter.
  • X is always represented by Kaf Samekh.
  • Z always makes the unvoiced TH sound as in thin, and Castilian CE/CI combinations are written Zayin Elef/Zayin Yod. The letter Zayin (Castilian Z) never makes the S sound as in seseo.
  • A and E are written with the same Hebrew letter, but are given different names; A is called Alef, and E is called Elef.
  • I and Y are written with the same Hebrew letter.
  • O and V are written with the same Hebrew letter; O is called Ov.
  • U and W are written with the same Hebrew letter; U is called U, and W is called U Corta.
  • Ü does not exist.
  • Inverted question and exclamation marks are not used.
  • Punctuation follows Spanish rules, but the marks are written backwards because Hebreísmo is written from right to left.
  • Accents are written after the vowel.

Sample text in the Hebreísmo alphabet

Sample text in the Hebreísmo alphabet

Transliteration

Yo soy como la gente que a mi tierra vinieron. Soy de la raza mora, la vieja amiga del sol. Que todo lo ganaron y que todo lo perdieron. Tengo el alma de nardo, del árabe español.

Yo soy komo la jente ke a my tyerra vynyeron. Soy de la raza mora, la vyeja amyga del sol. Ke todo lo ganaron y ke todo lo perdyeron. Tengo el alma de nardo, del árabe espanyol.

If you have any questions about the Hebreísmo alphabet, you can contact Crawford J. Bennett, Jr. at joendenise@verizon.net.

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