[b-hebrew] Inseparable Prepositions and that shewa

Vadim Cherny vadimcherny at gmail.com
Mon Apr 19 13:43:05 EDT 2010

Isn't this a sort of reverse thinking? You simply declare any syllable  
which is neither dageshed nor has hataf as open. Sometimes, that may  
be counterintuitive: binchem, citvei, dvarchem. It's not easy to  
explain mich-tav, but bi-thchem.

IMO, nothing but chanting can explain why the Masoretes syllabified  
michtav and bithchem differently.

Vadim Cherny

> An open short (and unstressed) vowel is simply denoted
> by a schewa or hataf.
> Yitzhak Sapir

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