[b-hebrew] shewa in imperative

Vadim Cherny VadimCherny at mail.ru
Wed Jun 22 13:31:03 EDT 2005

In my opinion, this is the same phenomenon as encountered
cross-linguistically in imperatives: reduction of first vowel, emphatic
elongation of the second.

let's go - l'ts goo!
record - r'cOrd!

So, schwa is indeed medium - not full reduction, but shortening close to

Vadim Cherny

> Gesenius (section 46d) says that "the first syllable of the sing. fem. and
> plur. masc. are usually to be pronounced with shewa mobile" (and then
> exceptions).
> Juoun (section 49c [note 1]), however, says "The shewa is 'medium,'" which
> would mean that the first syllable is closed even though it makes a
> bgdkft rafe.
> I don't see any discussion in Waltke & O'Connor.
> Can someone tell me what the latest credible scholarly opionion is?
> Thanks!

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