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ʾAṯe Meraḥiq
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ʾAṯe meraḥiq (אתי מרחיק lit. ‘coming from afar’) is an Aramaic Masoretic term indicating circumstances in which, after a word ending with one of the letters אהוי ʾhwy, a בגדכפת bgdkpt letter at the beginning of the next word, which would usually be softened to a fricative, retains instead its plosive form. In many sources the term deḥiq ‘compressed’ is found alongside ʾaṯe meraḥiq, and the distinction between the two is subject to debate ( Deḥiq ).

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Ofer, Yosef, “ʾAṯe Meraḥiq”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 26 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000609>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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