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On Mon, 4 Apr 2005 14:03:49 +0100, Joe <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Henrik Theiling wrote:
...
>>And for some strange reason, I have a short vowel there, I don't know
>>why.  So I have [Sva_"] in German.  This is close to modern Hebrew. :-)
>
>Is a short vowel unexpected, then?

Exactly. As in most Germanic languages, there's an interrelation of vowel
quantity and syllable structure: Short stressed vowels can only occur in
closed syllables (hence they're also called _checked_ vowels); a stressed
vowel in an open syllable must be long (therefore, these are also called
_free_ vowels).

kry@s:
j. 'mach' wust