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Orthography and prosody in St

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The orthography of Shalom Serri and Yosef Tobi (ST) may shed light on its prosody. Whatever the language of composition, it uses a system of vowel markings that are written above the text. These consist of a modified version of Babylonian masoretic signs; however, they differ from the Babylonian system in several respects. Most importantly, one vowel sign which looks like patah? likely holds metrical significance. Shlomo Morag has discussed Yemeni Jewish poets' adherence to Khalīlian quantitative meter as interpreted by Andalusian Jewish poets. While Morag is not aware of any discussions of meter among these poets or other Yemeni Jewish writers, he observes that this poetry treats the mobile shva as metrically short, which is the crucial element in Andalusian Jewish prosody that distinguishes between long and short syllables. In its Hebrew orthography, ST uses the dagesh sporadically.

Keywords: Hebrew orthography; Jewish prosody; Shalom Serri and Yosef Tobi (ST)



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