[b-hebrew] dagesh in hebrew

Vadim Cherny vadimcherny at gmail.com
Mon Apr 25 15:26:11 EDT 2011

So simple:

Dagesh is a stop.
Dagesh hazak caused posttonic gemination common in many languages.  
That would include post-secondary stress after ha-, wa-.
The Masoretes applied similar logic to create dagesh kal in order to  
break consonantal clusters. Clusters tend to blur, which is  
unacceptable in liturgical speech.

Vadim Cherny


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