[b-hebrew] The vowels of אֶחָד

fred putnam fred.putnam at gmail.com
Sat Apr 9 06:31:26 EDT 2011

The terms "implicit/virtual doubling" are both grammarians' labels that are
applied to various anomalous pointings in which, e.g. a long vowel implies
that its syllable is closed, but the following radical is neither followed
by shewa nor written with dagesh forte. Since the vowel was written as
though the syllable were closed (i.e., as though the radical were doubled),
they "imply" [non-graphemic] doubling. The "logic" of the term seems to move
from the pointing of the vowel to the [non-]pointing of the consonant.

Fred Putnam

On Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 6:20 AM, George Athas <George.Athas at moore.edu.au>wrote:

> Uri Hurwitz wrote:
>     Where is this "double-heth"?  where is the evidence for it?
>     Those Heths and other gutturals do not take a Dagesh forte.
>     The Masoretes who had sharp ears, simply did not hear doubling in these
> letters.
> =====
> That's precisely the point. It's 'virtual' doubling. Phonetically there is
> no doubling, but in terms of the grammatical rules the Masoretes seem to
> have been following, there does seem to be virtual doubling going on.
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