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Dageš (דָּגֵשׁ då̄gēš) is a diacritical mark used in the Tiberian Masoretic pointing system of Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Aramaic. Dageš performs the same functions in texts in both languages, namely, to denote (i) doubling of a consonant (except for א ʿalef /ʾ/, ה he /h/, ח et //, ע ʿayin / ʿ/ and, with a few exceptions, ר reš /r/, and (ii) plosive pronunciation of the stops ב bet /b/, ג gimel /g/, ד dalet /d/, כ kaf /k/, פ pe /p/,…

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Golinets, Viktor, “Dageš”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000325>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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