[b-hebrew] Verbal accent

cmeadows3 at verizon.net cmeadows3 at verizon.net
Wed Dec 22 22:13:35 EST 2004

Hi guys,

This may be a silly question...

Would it be correct to say that short vowels tend to "prefer" closed unaccented syllables or open accented syllables?

In looking at the lexical form of the hebrew verb, qatal for example, why is the second syllable (the accented one) usually (I guess except for III-heh and III aleph verbs) pointed with patah and not qamets if it is accented and closed?


C Meadows
> From: George F Somsel <gfsomsel at juno.com>
> Date: 2004/12/22 Wed PM 09:39:27 CST
> To: kwrandolph at email.com
> CC: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Genesis 3:15 "bruise"
> On Wed, 22 Dec 2004 21:16:43 -0500 "Karl Randolph" <kwrandolph at email.com>
> writes:
> > Peter:
> > 
> > When I hear "direct translation", most people are thinking of a word 
> > for word translation. For reasons discussed before, that is 
> > impossible.
> > 
> > But the question is: how much paraphrasing can be done before it 
> > crosses the line from merely making the ideas in one language 
> > understandable in another, as a subset of translation, to becoming 
> > an original work of art pushing its own ideas? All of us have seen 
> > examples of such misuse of paraphrase, where it has become the boss 
> > rather than the servant of translation, hence why we are so leery of 
> > "paraphrase".
> > 
> > Karl W. Randolph.
> _____________
> Karl,
> Your "direct translation" is what is generally called "formal
> equivalence."  I too tend to favor that approach.  I would suppose that a
> translation which claims to derive from the original language texts but
> which tends to simply reword an existing translation would be called a
> paraphrase, but a translation derived from the original language texts
> but which does not faithfully represent those texts would simply be a
> poor translation.  This is not to say that one must restrict his language
> to the glosses supplied in the lexica.  I frequently make use of a
> thesaurus to find an acceptable synonym which I feel most accurately
> conveys the thought of the original or which is more comprehensible to
> today's readers.
> george
> gfsomsel
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