phrasal pause: an idea

Vincent DeCaen decaen at
Wed Jun 20 11:05:30 EDT 2001

dear b-haverim,

hitherto tiberian pause has been thought to come in two flavours: major
pause (silluq, athnach) and minor pause (lesser accents). but there are
pause-like behaviours elsewhere, not accounted for.

i'm proposing a working hypothesis, and i wondered if anyone had any
ideas, or has seen the idea anticipated elsewhere.

"phrasal pause": for two prosodic words (W) phrased together [W1 W2], if
W2 is in pause, so is W1. hence phrasal pause.  i believe this approach
might solve some vowel alternations in the tiberian reading.

any thoughts, suggestions?

henry churchyard, are you out there? what do you think?

V -- 
Dr Vincent DeCaen     <decaen at>
c/o Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Ave., 2d floor
University of Toronto, Toronto ON, CANADA, M5S 1A1

Hebrew Syntax Encoding Initiative,
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.  --Dewey

More information about the b-hebrew mailing list