Qames or Qames-Hatuph

Polycarp66 at Polycarp66 at
Sun Jan 6 17:12:50 EST 2002

In a message dated 1/6/2002 9:59:54 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
hebrew2day at writes:

> When the vowel sign for (Qames or Qames-Hatuph) is right before a sheva ,
> how does one know if the vowel is a Qames or Qames-Hatuph?
> Also please list some extra rules if they apply.

Weingreen (p. 12) states, 

"Since the vowel-sign [omitted] is used to represent both Qames 'a' and 
Qames-Hatuph 'o', we have to determine when it is (long) 'a' and when (short) 
'o'.  The rule enunciated on p. 7 is her applied thus:--If the vowel-sign 
[omitted] occurs in a closed unaccented syllable it must be short and is 
therefore (short) 'o' = Qames-Hatuph.  If, on the other hand, it occurs in an 
open syllable, or in a syllable which, though closed, is accented, then it is 
long and therefore (long) 'a' = Qames. [Examples omitted] 

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