06 Accent Signs
Words of three or more syllables frequently have a secondary tone syllable, which can be marked by a Méteg (מֶתֶג “bridle”).
Méteg is a short, vertical stroke under the consonant that begins the secondary tone syllable. If a vowel sign stands there, then a Méteg stands to the left of it.
In the manuscript to which Biblia Hebraica returns, no consistent rule is used for the placing of a Méteg. In general, accented and unaccented syllables alternate.
A Méteg, which stands in an open syllable with long vowel before Schwa mobile, often helps to distinguish between a long Qámes (â) and Qámes chatuf (å).
Méteg after a Short Vowel
However, a Méteg can also stand reversed next to a short vowel before Schwa quiescens.
Examples a) through c) show syllables that should have been sharpened, in which however the Dagesch forte (→ § 5.2) has dropped out.
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