double trope, ten commandments?

Henry Churchyard churchh at
Sat Feb 19 14:06:13 EST 2000

> Subject: double trope, ten commandments?
> From: decaen at (Vincent DeCaen)
> Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 10:18:01 -0500 (EST)

> is anyone aware of a treatment of the two accent scannings of the
> ten commandments? looks like a really interesting problem,
> especially for any generative theory of the
> accents/cantillation. ;-)

The basic principle behind the double accentuation isn't particularly
mysterious -- if you take the stronger accent on each word, you get a
parse that follows the orthographic _soph-pasuq_ marks, while if you
take the weaker accent, you get a division into exactly ten verses.
By the way, the double reading isn't only strictly accentual -- BHS
shows both _raphe_ and _dagesh_ on the _taw_ of _tirs.ah._ in Exodus
20:13, etc.

Henry Churchyard   churchh at

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