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Syllable Structure: Biblical Hebrew
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The sources for the study of syllable structure in the standard Tiberian tradition of Biblical Hebrew are the Tiberian vocalization system and medieval sources close to the Tiberian tradition that elucidate this system. One of the key starting points for analyzing the syllable structure of Tiberian Hebrew is the understanding of the original function of the shewa sign. The quality of vocalic shewa in the Tiberian Reading Tradition was generally the same as that of the pataḥ vowel sign, i.e., the maximally low vowel [a]. When occurring before a guttural consonant or the letter yod it was …

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Khan, Geoffrey, “Syllable Structure: Biblical Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 28 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000456>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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