[b-hebrew] vowel length

Uri Hurwitz uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 6 16:06:43 EST 2006

  The entire coprus of  medieval Heb poetry's meter, mainly in Spain,
   but some in Italy and elswehere is based on the diffeerence between
   long and short vowels, where the chatafim are considered half vowles.
    The difference between long and short vowles goes back to proto
   Semitics, as is retained in classical, and some colloquial Arb. to this day.

another thing: if the medieval arab grammarians had come up with a way of
representing vowel length
very precisely in the writing, how come this did not bounce off in a region
so small and in contexts of
cultural and scholarly osmosis?



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