[b-hebrew] Past tense with gutterals

Yitzhak Sapir yitzhaksapir at gmail.com
Thu Jun 5 19:27:20 EDT 2008

On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 10:59 PM, Daniel Glas wrote:
> Yes, in the standard Modern Hebrew pronunciation they sound the same - nata
> and nata.

No, in Modern Israeli Hebrew, they have different syllabic structures.
masc: na-ta
fem: nat-?a
Also, in Masoretic Hebrew, there was no schwa na in the feminine form.
The Masoretes were quite clear about this.

> Also, the correct form in Modern Hebrew IS bahara, though many native
> speakers WOULD say it without the A, as I've experienced.

I am not aware of this at all.

Yitzhak Sapir

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