"Thanks Oliver, I'm familiar with that excellent article by Manuel Pedro Ferreira. But you're not (as I surmised from your original statement) actually claiming that anything written in Hebrew script in the medieval period is identifiable…"
"Yes, spelling variations (I wouldn't say mistakes, since there was no standardization anyway) are a very valuable source of pronunciation hints, as is the formal structure—metre and rhyme. Amazing how often the latter is overlooked by…"
"To all of the above you can add the typical lazy and uninformed attitude to the pronunciation of medieval vernacular languages in the performance of medieval music. It's clear from the great majority of recordings, especially of the…"
"I'm pretty sure that the only substantial translations of the Cantigas de Santa Maria are Kathleen Kulp-Hill's English version and José Filgueira Valverde's Spanish one (the latter containing just the Cantigas in the…"