[b-hebrew] Pausal forms
vadimcherny at gmail.com
Wed Aug 24 16:32:13 EDT 2011
On Aug 24, 2011, at 11:24 PM, Petr Tomasek wrote:
> Bezalel Elan Dresher. "The Prosodic Basis of the Tiberian Hebrew
> System of Accents". Language 70 (1994). s. 1-52. ?
Prosody is too broad an explanation for the Masoretic marks. Prosody
alone, for example, cannot explain five vowel quantities - they simply
do not exist in speech, but only in singing.
> The "liturgical chant" of a Biblical text was actually only a
> form of learning/teaching towards a broader public.
I doubt that on historical grounds. There was no concept of learning
Hebrew besides learning to chant the liturgical texts, not for the
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