[b-hebrew] Segol etc.
VadimCherny at mail.ru
Sat Oct 7 04:54:58 EDT 2006
> >Besides, et is a very specific case. Any examples of regular words?
> Lots of examples. BEN ("son") has the same alternation. So does SHEN
Again, monosyllabic words are special case. Their tzere should reduce to
schwa in constructus, but that would leave the word without a vowel at all;
thus, segol is expanded schwa, not contracted tzere.
> >Again, this is a specific case. Why, by the way, there couldn't be
> >epenthesis at the word end? cotevt - cotevet.
> Epenthesis only occurs between two consonants. (Your example of
> cotevt/cotevet is not at the end of the word, but immediately
> preceding the end.)
uh? cotevt - cotevEt
> >The important thing about seghol is that it occurs either in specific
> >epenthetic positions, or with specific consonants. No other vowel is
> I don't thinnk so, but segol is certainly is not limited to
> epenthesis, as we now seem to agree.
Strictly speaking, segol appears in epenthesis and as allophonic variation
of short vowel.
Allophonic variation obviously uses and existing vowel, but doesn;t invent
one. Segol appeared in epenthesis, and was incidentally employed in
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