[b-hebrew] Verbal accent

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Thu Dec 30 11:40:10 EST 2004

Dear C,

>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?

HH: The section in Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar to read on this is #26. 
Section #27 is also helpful. It is the nature of the syllable which 
suggests the length of the vowel.

					Harold Holmyard

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