In general, a munakh before psik munakh revii is a munakh legarmei. That’s the easy part.

But this question makes it clear that there are others. Specifically, they occasionally occur

  • Before mapakh
  • Before a kadma that precedes darga or azla
  • Before pazer

It’s clear that I can’t just search for, say, munakh psik mapakh, because when I do that, in addition to the three places mesorah says (according to that other question), I also get a false positive: Yehoshua 22:22.

Worse, if I search for munakh psik pazer, I get 66 results, only two of which (according to @Double AA) are legarmei.

So, is there any algorithmic way to determine which type of munakh something is? (Asking so I can make quantifiedcantillation.nl better.)

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    From a programming perspective, the list of exceptions is really not very long. It will be much easier to hard code it than to put in what is sure to be a very convoluted algorithm.
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 10, 2019 at 16:06
  • Possible duplicate judaism.stackexchange.com/q/36788/759
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 10, 2019 at 16:09
  • Note Munach before line darga munach revii is also legarmei like the common case, as is Munach before line revii (with one exception in Yeshaya כה אמר האל יקוק).
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 10, 2019 at 16:13
  • Ok, great. It seems like - munakh | munakh revii - munakh | darga munakh revii - munakh | revii (minus Yeshayahu 42:5) - all of the exceptions listed in the question I cite and the possible dupe you mention If that’s it, coding the manual exceptions is the way to go. Thanks!
    – Noleli
    Commented Feb 10, 2019 at 16:16
  • I’ll also add that someone on Facebook just pointed me to en.wikisource.org/wiki/User:Dovi/Miqra_according_to_the_Mesorah. The link to the “Technical Base (Spreadsheet)” indicates whether every psik is normal or indicates legarmei. The XML source unfortunately doesn’t make the same distinction.
    – Noleli
    Commented Feb 10, 2019 at 17:57


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