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Someone on Quora linked to the Wikipedia article on the ‘Canaanite shift’:

In historical linguistics, the Canaanite shift is a sound change that took place in the Canaanite dialects, which belong to the Northwest Semitic branch of the Semitic languages family. This sound change caused Proto-NW-Semitic *ā (long a) to turn into ō (long o) in Proto-Canaanite. It accounts, for example, for the difference between the second vowel of Hebrew שלום (šalom, Tiberian šālōm) and its Arabic cognate سلام (salām). The original word was probably *šalām-, with the ā preserved in Arabic, but transformed into ō in Hebrew.

The article cites several examples, some of which I had known independently as Arabic and Hebrew forms, but I had never inferred that regular sound shift from them! (Quite possibly because I don’t really know Hebrew and Arabic.)

Interesting!

Date: Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:48 (UTC)
liv: alternating calligraphed and modern letters (letters)
From: [personal profile] liv
Oh, cool, thank you for passing that one on. I have been trying to use my Hebrew to bootstrap learning some basic Arabic, and knowing that there was a specific vowel shift will be a help.

Date: Wednesday, 18 June 2014 04:13 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] steorra
I've read about that before but had forgotten the details.

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