[b-hebrew] shewa in imperative

Vadim Cherny VadimCherny at mail.ru
Thu Jun 23 14:12:08 EDT 2005

Let's take a word of paal mould in English, and compare

[to] harass
harass [him]!
harass [him]?

In questioning, both vowels elongated compared to neutral tone.
In exclamation, I hear more like, h(e)rass! The second vowel in this example is still a, but change to o is likely. Perhaps a-o shift is shortening (kamatz-katan) rather than elongation (holam). The point, however, is reduction of the first vowel. Try military commands, still clearer.

catav - c'tov!

Vadim Cherny

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