[b-hebrew] pronunciation of waw-consecutive of hyh

Yitzhak Sapir yitzhaksapir at gmail.com
Sun Apr 12 07:39:08 EDT 2009

On Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 1:18 PM, Michiel Borkent wrote:
> I wondered what the explanation for the pronunciation of waw-consecutive of
> hyh, being wayehi (vocal swa) in for example Genesis 1:5 is.
> The yod is not doubled here and the swa is vocal. Normally I would expect a
> doubling of the yod and then the vocal swa would make sense to me, but now
> it doesn't.
> I tried to find it in my grammar book and it said that with waw-consecutive
> with yod, tav and nunyou have 'secondary doubling' that possibly later is
> cancelled. Is that the case here and how?

The schewa is silent in the Tiberian system.

Yitzhak Sapir

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