Friday, August 17, 2007


John Hobbins has summarized the work of Benjamin Harshav on the relationships among the parts of ancient poems here. It's a seven-layer dip using these words. [I have added what I think the traditional names are for possible further clarity]
Stress-units are further subdivided into [update: equivalent to] syllables. That is a lesson in the early chapters of Lambdin - and not too easy to master for a novice. Understanding a syllable in Hebrew is tricky - when does a shwa contribute to the syllable count for instance? The regularities are not easily named. The table below relates the three lowest levels of the now 8-part structure. I think I copied the numbers accurately. (Click for a larger image).

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