A topic came up regarding pronuncation in a class i was recently in. The class is about leading prayers, and a question came up regarding how to pronounce certain words that have a shewa following the conversive waw, and whether or not that shewa should be a shewa na or shewa nach. People fell into two camps regarding this issue, and the Rabbi said that there are grammarians who support each view. Does anyone here know the arguments for both these sides? And which grammarians support which pronunciation?

For example וַיְחִי - some people pronounce it Waychi, and others pronounce it Wa-yechi

EDIT There is no meteg, and no dagesh in the yodh.

וַיְחִ֤י יַעֲקֹב֙ בְּאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרַ֔יִם שְׁבַ֥ע עֶשְׂרֵ֖ה שָׁנָ֑ה וַיְהִ֤י יְמֵֽי־יַעֲקֹב֙ שְׁנֵ֣י חַיָּ֔יו שֶׁ֣בַע שָׁנִ֔ים וְאַרְבָּעִ֥ים וּמְאַ֖ת שָׁנָֽה׃

i think the most common iteration of the conversive waw with a yodh is waw-yedaber


  • Is there a Meteg under the Vav? (This is similar to המבורך הלוים היהודים or other cases where the Dagesh following a definite-article's patach is dropped in a ימל. Ordinarily the Dagesh would ensure the Shva is Na' already.) – Double AA Jun 9 '15 at 17:44
  • Something tells me that the Shva Na is more correct. My thinking - the Yod is part of the verb tense, and the vav hahipuch is an addition. Thus, we want to preserve the understanding of the future tense of the verb that the vav hahipuch acts upon. I could be completely wrong about this assumption. – DanF Jun 9 '15 at 17:45
  • @DoubleAA I know that "meteg" is drawn as a vertical line under a syllable. What does it accomplish, in general, and why would that matter, here? – DanF Jun 9 '15 at 17:47
  • @DanF A meteg is a secondary accent. It would make the Patach-syllable here accented and thus no need to close it with a shva nach. – Double AA Jun 9 '15 at 18:56
  • @Double AA According to Introduction to the Tiberian Mesorah page 24 by Yeivin, it should be a Shewa Na in all cases. – Aaron Jun 9 '15 at 19:13

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