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What is this dot in the word יִוָּדַ֤ע in Mikeitz 41 31.

וְלֹֽא־יִוָּדַ֤ע הַשָּׂבָע֙ בָּאָ֔רֶץ מִפְּנֵ֛י הָרָעָ֥ב הַה֖וּא אַחֲרֵי־כֵ֑ן כִּֽי־כָבֵ֥ד ה֖וּא מְאֹֽד׃

How does it effect the reading of this word?

  • It's not about what the vav has under it but what the preceding letter has. In 45:1 the preceding letter has a Shva Nakh which closes the previous syllable, so the vav opens a new one. In 41:31 the previous letter has a chirik chaseir which, being a short vowel (tenua ketana), has to be in a closed syllable when unaccented. So we lengthen the vav sound in order to close the syllable before and open the next at the same time. Think of it like yiv-va-da'. In 45:1 we have hit-vad-da' again with the daled getting doubled for the same reason (the letter preceding it had an unaccented short vowel). – Double AA Feb 12 '16 at 2:43
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    If you had asked about the difference in your question I could have given that info to you in an answer. Always better to ask what you mean to ask and not take shortcuts. (This is a perfect example of why I encourage people to include motivation, etc. in their posts.) – Double AA Feb 12 '16 at 2:45
  • Well that wasn't really my motivation, just something I noticed in the concordance while searching to see how common this was. – user6591 Feb 12 '16 at 2:47
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    Essentially, this Dagesh is no different than that in the Shin in לֹא יִשָּׁמַע עַל-פִּיךָ or any other parallel construct. True it looks weird as it resembles a Shuruk, but it's just a regular Dagesh. – Double AA Feb 12 '16 at 2:51
  • Exactly. It's not common enough to be used to it, and the shuruk connection was also helping throw me off. – user6591 Feb 12 '16 at 3:01
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It's a Dagesh Forte which indicates gemination of the consonant "w". So the word would be read something like Yiwwadha' with a prolonged /w/ sound.

The word is in passive future third-person masculine singular and means "[he] will be known".

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