[b-hebrew] dagesh forte and dagesh lene
vadimcherny at gmail.com
Sun Apr 4 22:10:42 EDT 2010
The problem with two dageshes is why would the Masoretes mark two
different phenomena with one sign?
I suggest reading both dageshes as a pause (vocal stop).
Dagesh kal resyllabifies words to break consonantal clusters to
provide for clear chanting (ni-zchar - ni-'char, but niz-char).
Dagesh hazak protects posttonic vowel by causing gemination.
This explains three odd cases.
Word-initial dagesh breaks consonantal clusters: natan vakar would be
chanted as nata-nvakar - nata-'vakar. Dagesh breaks this concatenation.
Dagesh after ha- and wa- is actually a posttonic dagesh after a
secondary stress which falls on ha- and wa-.
No dagesh in dvarcha because the Masoretes were primarily concerned
with chanting, and d'va-'r'cha is perfectly chantable.
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