[b-hebrew] Ex 6:6 hiphil imperative 'bring' (K Randolph)

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Sun Jul 14 22:15:10 EDT 2013

Present day Hebrew speakers tend to say KATAB-TEM with three vowels  
and a stress on the second A, but to my ear, the "masoretic" KTAB-TEM  
(as the $MAR-TEM of Jos. 22:2), with only two vowels (no schwa  
"mobile"), and a stress on the E, sounds better. This is how I do it  
when I recite Hebrew in public.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Jul 14, 2013, at 8:23 PM, Will Parsons wrote:

> kɔ:θ'av       kɔ:θəv'u:
> kɔ:θəv'ɔ:
> kɔ:θ'avtɔ:    kəθavt'ɛm
> kɔ:θ'avt      kəθavt'ɛn
> kɔ:θ'avti:    kɔ:θ'avnu:
> Looking at this (and other vocalic alternations in Hebrew verb and
> noun forms), I think one can see the surface forms as being pretty
> shallow phonetic transformations on an underlying paradigm looking
> like this:
> kat'ab        katab'u
> katab'a(h)
> kat'abta      katabt'em
> kat'abt       katabt'en
> kat'abti      kat'abnu

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