34 Strong Verbs with Gutturals
34.1 General Comments
When the Masoretes have applied particular rules of vocalization with the gutturals (or laryngeals), forms of strong verbs with gutturals sound in part different than the “normal” forms (→ § 9).
Depending on which radical is a guttural, these verbs are classified into “primae gutturalis” (1st radical), “mediae gutturalis” (2nd radical), and “tertiae gutturalis” (3rd radical) verbs.
The special features of verbs with gutturals are (→ § 09):
• preference for the vowel a (with Alef also ä),
• Schwa compositum (Chatef vowel) instead of Schwa mobile (Schwa simplex),
• breaking up of closed syllables,
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