Phonemic Conversion as the Ideal Romanization Scheme for Hebrew: Implications for Hebrew Cataloging

Authors

  • Uzzi Ornan Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Technion—Israel Institute of Technology
  • Rachel Leket-Mor Arizona State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14263/2330-2976.1169

Keywords:

Romanization, Romanization of Hebrew, transliteration, Linguistics, Hebrew, cataloging, Phonemics

Abstract

This paper examines a romanization scheme developed by linguist Uzzi Ornan that has not been considered for implementation in libraries. Phonemic conversion of Hebrew neither uses transliteration nor transcription strategies but reconstructs the theoretical structure of the original Hebrew word based on its phonemes. The article describes this scheme and its benefits, which include full coverage of all historical periods and script modes of Hebrew, and full reversibility, complete with an online interface that enables automatic conversion. The article compares the suggested phonemic conversion scheme with the ALA/LC Romanization of Hebrew and provides a history of previously attempted reversal schemes.

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Published

2016-04-26

How to Cite

Ornan, Uzzi, and Rachel Leket-Mor. 2016. “Phonemic Conversion As the Ideal Romanization Scheme for Hebrew: Implications for Hebrew Cataloging”. Judaica Librarianship 19 (April):43-72. https://doi.org/10.14263/2330-2976.1169.

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