[b-hebrew] Someone knows?

Uri Hurwitz 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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