[b-hebrew] silent schewa v. vocal schewa
peterkirk at qaya.org
Wed Aug 10 19:48:23 EDT 2005
On 10/08/2005 23:12, Yigal Levin wrote:
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> To: leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
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> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] silent schewa v. vocal schewa
> In a message dated 8/10/2005 4:03:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time, leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il writes:
> c. precceeds a long vowel
> Don't you mean "follows" a long vowel?
> Oops. Yes, you're right.
But I understand that this rule is controversial, that some consider
that a sheva following a long vowel may be silent. Thus for example the
sheva in K.FT:BFH "she wrote" may be silent, even though the first
qamats is a long "a" sound. But can anyone explain which is correct?
It seems strange to me that the Masoretes apparently used the same sign
for two different sounds. So I wonder if for them all shevas were more
or less silent, so there was no real distinction. I know this would lead
to some apparently difficult to pronounce word initial consonant
clusters, but then some languages e.g. Russian, Georgian allow a very
wide range of initial consonant clusters - and this may explain why
sheva is not placed under "gutturals", especially word initially, but is
replaced by a hataf vowel.
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