08 Character and Vocalization of Syllables
08.1 Basic Rules
Every syllable begins with a single consonant. There is no syllable beginning with a vowel,1 in the same way that two consonants are not at the beginning of a syllable.2
Two vowels do not stand immediately next to one another inside of a syllable.3
08.2 Open Syllables
Open syllables end with a vowel. With this counts also the syllable where a vowel letter stands at the end, e.g.: לֹא or בָּרָא.
As a rule, open syllables have a long vowel, e.g.: תֹּהוּ וָבֹהוּ. The large number of open syllables with short vowels are almost always originally closed syllables that have only been opened secondarily and at the same time have kept their short vowel (→ e.g. § 06.1, § 09: Virtual Doubling and Broken Syllables, § 18: Segolates).
Open syllables with a half vowel (Schwa mobile or Chatéf-vowel) are suggestive syllables.
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