aspiration in biblical Hebrew

zaw

Senior Member
Arabic
Hi

Is there any evidence that in biblical Hebrew the begadkephat letters had only one pronunciation, whether or not they had a dagesh?

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  • Drink

    Senior Member
    English - New England, Russian - Moscow
    Not sure about evidence, but it stands to reason that at one point they had one pronunciation, and later they split.

    The question is when did this happen. And it's not really known.
     

    Drink

    Senior Member
    English - New England, Russian - Moscow
    The dagesh as a symbol did not yet exist.

    But yes, gemination did exist before and after the split of the begedkefet letters.
     
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