My question is simple: is there an English-language book on cantillation, which includes Ta'amei Eme"t, rare trop, and their grammatical purposes ?

I've seen books on learning to lehn and recognise trop, but generally, these focus entirely on Torah, Neviyim, and Megillot. Since I'm familiar with how to read Torah and haftarot, such a book would be unnecessary in my personal library.

I'm familiar with R' Hirsch's treatment of Ta'amei Eme"t in the back of his commentary on Tehillim, but this doesn't answer all of my questions on the matter.

  • It sounds like you need a book that just covers EM"T notes since you say you know the prose-book notes. Why are you asking for a book that "includes" it?
    – Double AA
    Dec 7, 2017 at 16:17
  • @DoubleAA, no. I just don't need one which covers trop for the sole purpose of learning to lehn, as in the OP. Dec 7, 2017 at 16:18
  • The best resource I've seen on Taamei Emet is kinnor.com/Taamei_Emet, which I from a comment somewhere on this site, I don't remember whose. One thing it's missing: the tradition that it's based on does not distinguish between conjunctives except in a few limited cases (very odd to my Ashkenazi instincts), so while I have a good sense of the heirarchy of breaks, I don't have a good feeling for which conjunctives go where, as I do in the other 21 sefarim.
    – Heshy
    Dec 7, 2017 at 16:20
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    Also worth noting i believe only Syrians have a kiving mesorah for how to chant Tehillim.
    – Aaron
    Dec 9, 2017 at 18:59
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    @Aaron Moroccan and Yemenite Jews do as well
    – b a
    Jul 31, 2018 at 7:54

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There are two books written on this by William Wickes.

Here’s the Tamei emet version and it is even available online (or here). And here’s the the rest of tanach version, also online.


There's The Music of the Hebrew Bible - The Western Ashkenazi Tradition by Victor Tunkel. (although he doesn't talk much about the Ta'amei 'Emes.

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