[b-hebrew] a simple rule for Hebrew stress

Vadim Cherny vadimcherny at gmail.com
Wed Apr 7 00:46:16 EDT 2010

Hebrew stress can be described as moraic bisyllabic. Stress is normally 
on the second syllable of each morae: catAv, davAr, catAvti, wecAtavtI 
(emphatic stress makes the schwa under waw highly vocal, unlike in 
w’catAvti), wayyOmer, dvarchA.

In singular segholate nouns, this rule is overridden by vulgar 
word-initial stress shift (calAv - cAlav - cal'v - calb).

Vadim Cherny

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