[b-hebrew] Initial "Beged Kefet" consonants always have a dagesh?

Christopher V. Kimball mail at cvkimball.com
Wed Oct 5 21:05:14 EDT 2005

"Beged Kefet" letters (bet, gimmel, dalet, kaf, pe, tav) are letters 
that change their pronunciation when they have a dagesh.

According to a spelling rule: "Every time a Beged Kefet letter begins a 
word, it has a dagesh."

Alas, this doesn't seem to be the case much of the time, at least in 
prayerbook Hebrew. 

The "word" in the above rule probably means a prosodic word so that in A 
maqaf B the first letter in B wouldn't have a dagesh.

Is this rule an over-generalization or particular only to biblical Hebrew?

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