[b-hebrew] Someone knows?
uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 21 18:04:24 EDT 2011
What about the poor Xiriq Xaser or the unfortunate Seghol - aren't these hitherto neglected short vowels expected to be followed by a Dagesh, or in the case of all three, by a quiescent Sh'wa? In short, don't they appear in what ancient grammerians called 'closed' syllables?
Of course, some modern grammarians argue that the case is opposite - that the Dagesh forte shortened the preceeding vowel for phonetic reason.
But this is another matter.
Uri Hurwitz Great Neck, NY
I notice that in both examples a dagesh follows a patax as expected.
Isaac Fried, Boston University
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