Henry Churchyard churchyh at
Fri Aug 20 01:15:18 EDT 1999

> Subject: Phonology
> From: "Matthew Anstey" <manstey at>
> Date: Thu, 19 Aug 1999 12:07:29 -0700

> With your phonological knowledge, maybe you can explain more
> satisfactorily the strange phenomonen of the definite article
> supposedly with the 3fs qatal (and a few other) forms, as in Ruth
> 1.22.  It is dying to be read as a participle according to syntax,
> but the accent is wrong. What do you think?

A traditional analysis would say this is an example of the article
with "relative force", or would cast in doubt the correctness of the
accent placement (see Gesenius-Kautzsch-Cowley p. 447).  I don't know
that phonology really has any special additional explanation to offer
here (hashshAbha).

Henry Churchyard   churchyh at

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