[b-hebrew] Cantillation Mark Database

David Kummerow farmerjoeblo at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 27 14:56:29 EST 2007

Perhaps these are useful to you then:

Price, James D. 1990. The Syntax of the Masoretic Accents in the Hebrew 
Bible. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen.

Price, James D. 1995. A Concordance of the Hebrew Accents in the Hebrew 
Bible. 5 vols. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen.

Price's database is in BibleWorks. Perhaps it could be used there or 
exported? Meaning you don't have to start from scratch with creating 
your own database?

David Kummerow.

> Friends,
> Thank you for your mail and links.
> The names and forms of cantillation marks are, and
> have always been, subject to heated debate, which is
> why a statistical database would be useful.
> A great amount of care has been given to such issues
> as pasek/legarmeh, which does not seem to be a big
> problem. The meteg/silluk problem has not yet been
> satisfactorily resolved, but it concerns only half a
> dozen verses in which silluk may be in median verse
> position. Otherwise verse-final meteg is silluk.
> Musical configuration involves other problems, for
> example revia mugrash is considered two signs, geresh
> and revia, but we have dealt with this problem.
> We can extract cantillation data in Unicode, with only
> a few fairly predictable left-to-right problems. This
> is all carefully documented along with our best
> solutions.
> Since we make no claim to know what cantillation marks
> are or might mean, we make as few assumptions about
> them as possible. We take into account their form and
> sequential order, but not much else.
> Two hypotheses are supported, syntactic and musical,
> which are wildly different, both in the interpretation
> of the signs themselves (their number and identity)
> and of their hierarchy, rabbinical
> conjunctive/disjunctive or superlinear/sublinear.
> The goal is simply to create a database of all
> cantillation marks, with an application to perform
> statistical analysis and pattern recognition, and then
> to allow the user to adopt an informed opinion based
> on the data, rather than on tradition or anecdotal
> evidence.
> Once we get a lead programmer interested, we will
> prepare a mock-up. It might be a good project for a
> graduate student.
> Best Regards.
> Gabriel

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