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The term מפיק mappiq has a double meaning: the first meaning pertains to pronunciation; the second to a graphic symbol of vocalization. The first meaning is more ancient, with roots in the Masoretic comments; the second meaning developed in the grammatical literature out of the first meaning, but the scope of the instances included within it is more limited.

The literal meaning of the Aramiac word מפיק mappiq (also attested in the form mappeq) is ‘bringing out’. In the Masoretic literature, this verb indicates a consonantal pronunciation of a letter in the biblical reading, usually ʾalef

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Ofer, Yosef, “Mappiq”, 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_00000611>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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