Re: From [b-hebrew] Variant forms of vav with holem

From: Ted Hopp (
Date: Wed Jul 30 2003 - 19:34:29 EDT

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    On Wednesday, July 30, 2003 5:15 PM, Peter Kirk wrote:
    > ... But there are other sequences which are
    > ambiguous between ending in a consonant or a vowel, notably yod
    > following hiriq, and vav with dagesh which may be shuruq.

    Hiriq followed by yod is a standard Hebrew vowel with a name: hiriq male.
    There's also a tsere male, which is a tsere followed by a yod. In both
    cases, the yod is considered part of the vowel. In some Hebrew accents,
    there are apparently phonetic as well as spelling differences between the
    male and khaser forms of hiriq and tsere.


    P.S. In case anyone was wondering: "maLE" means "full" and "khaSER" means
    "diminished" or "lacking".

    Ted Hopp, Ph.D.
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