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Re: yahad ostracon (fwd)

Sure: the writing system, which admits of a primitive glance into the 
phonology, and a better one into the grammar and syntax of the 
language. The notion that y?d/break *has* to mean *yxd* arises not 
just from a notional completion of the text beyond the break, but 
also from suppositions about the metacontext of the entire find. And 
these are suppositions of an historical, sociological, and 
theological nature, which are then used to influence the reading. I 
find this non-linguistic, and very little compelling.

Fred Cryer