[b-hebrew] kamatz vs. patax
if at math.bu.edu
Tue Jan 25 19:19:35 EST 2011
Stress is a fickle thing. We, indeed, articulate naXAl (qamac-patax),
'inherited', versus NAxal (patax-patax), 'brook', yet we stress gaMAl
(qamac-patax), 'ripened', the same way we stress gaMAl (qamatc-
qamac), 'camel', and gaMAl, (patax-qmac), 'camel-driver'. To
differentiate between the two we utter raCAh (qamac-qamac), 'he
wanted', but RAcah (qamac-qamac), 'she run'.
Isaac Fried, Boston University
On Jan 25, 2011, at 2:15 PM, Nir cohen - Prof. Mat. wrote:
> 1. >>> De: Isaac Fried
> The thing is that we (at least this humble member of this great list)
> don't know what is the intended distinction between a qamats and a
> one practical difference is knowing if the word is stressed milra
> or mil'eil.
> for example, a patax or kamatz changes the stress, hence the whole
> meaning, of
> the word naxal (river or inherited).
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