[b-hebrew] Initial "Beged Kefet" consonants always have a dagesh?
Christopher V. Kimball
mail at cvkimball.com
Wed Oct 5 21:05:14 EDT 2005
"Beged Kefet" letters (bet, gimmel, dalet, kaf, pe, tav) are letters
that change their pronunciation when they have a dagesh.
According to a spelling rule: "Every time a Beged Kefet letter begins a
word, it has a dagesh."
Alas, this doesn't seem to be the case much of the time, at least in
The "word" in the above rule probably means a prosodic word so that in A
maqaf B the first letter in B wouldn't have a dagesh.
Is this rule an over-generalization or particular only to biblical Hebrew?
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