[b-hebrew] Meteg and Shva Na/Nah

AMK Judaica amkjudaica at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 2 18:17:55 EST 2008

hi rivka,
i think it's pretty clear that the meteg does not serve to indicate a sheva na (although, as you note, it is often followed by one). 
consider, for example, all the examples of meteg followed by the letter heh with a sheva (as in words of the root HYH). if the meteg here were to indicate a sheva na, then the vocalization would have to be a hataf, as guttorals can't have a sheva na.
in general i find the whole meteg issue very confusing and it is on my list of things i would really like to read more about and understand better. as for modern sources, you should probably start with the series of thorough articles by r. mordechai breuer in the journal leshonenu (also see he taamei ha-mikra book) and yeivin's book on the vocalization of the aleppo codex.
kol tuv,
ari kinsberg
 > From: yodan at yodanco.com> To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org> Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2008 14:55:27 -0800> Subject: [b-hebrew] Meteg and Shva Na/Nah> > There seems to be a controversy over the use of a meteg in Masoretic> manuscripts. I know this is a complicated topic and not all about it is> clear and agreed by all. My specific question is related to a meteg under a> letter that is followed by a letter that has a Shva. What is the prevailing> view - that the Masoretes intended to use this meteg to indicate that the> following Shva is a Shva Na OR that that Masoretes did not intend to> indicate anything about the following Shva (even though in most cases this> happens to be a Shva Na)? Or are there other views?> > > > I'm very interested in hearing about sources (medieval grammarians, modern> grammarians) that address this question. > > > > Many thanks!> > > > Rivka Sherman-Gold> > > > *********************************> > > > _______________________________________________> b-hebrew mailing list> b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org> http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/b-hebrew
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