Hebrew search (vowels)

Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at sil.org
Tue Jan 1 11:42:15 EST 2002

I think your problem may be that the Westminster text divides forms like
WAY.O)MER into two separate words WA and Y.O)MER. But then I would expect it
to miss HAY.OWM for the same reason. Also it might miss HA$.FMAYIM because
there is an accent mark between the A and the Y.

I have just done a complex search and found 6060 surface forms containing AY
(with an optional accent or morpheme break) within one word and 15982 cases
where one part of a word ends with A and the following part starts with Y. I
can let you have a list of these cases as a (tab delimited) text file, but
it's 581KB (124KB as zip file). But this is not based on the latest version
of the Westminster text.

Peter Kirk

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Pere Casanellas [mailto:pere.casanellas at btlink.net]
> Sent: 01 January 2002 00:51
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Hebrew search (vowels)
> Dear list members,
> I want to search all the words in the WTT that have a patah followed by a
> yod. So I enter in the
> Command Line (from left to right): a dot, an asterisk, a vav, a question
> mark with a patah below it, and another asterisk.
> The program finds 3413 verses, 587 forms and 4029 hits. It fails
> to find a
> lot of forms that have patah followed by yod. For example, in Gen
> 1:14 (the
> first verse it finds) it has found the form "hayyom", but not the first
> word of the verse: "wayyomer" (nevertheless it has found "wayhyosifu" in
> other verses!). In Gen 1:15 it did not find "hashshamayim", etc., etc.
> Am I missing anything? With previous versions (4, 5 beta...) I had no
> problem doing such vowel searches...
> Happy new year 2002.
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