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Aramaic Annotations – Part 17

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Notes on Stevenson §2
Palestinian Jewish Aramaic Grammar

In unvocalized texts, ), h, w, and y can be seen as vowels.

w and y can denote short or long vowels.

Stem vowels of inflected segholate nouns and performative vowel of verbal reflexives are
commonly indicated this way.

In unvocalized texts gemination is marked by a dagesh.

Both y and h represent a long, final ā. Both can represent emphatic endings.

No distinction between patah and segol in BA.

When the initial consonant of a word is followed by a vocal shewa, the supralinear does
not indicate its presence if preceded by the conjunctions wx or y.
In OTA (OT Aramaic) the ai diphthong causes mutation and silent shewa is written after
the of the diphthong.