short vowel

A short vowel is the counterpart of a long vowel.  So the “a” in gate is long while the “a” in bat is short.


  • ε and ο are always short.
  • η and ω are always long.
  • α and ι can be either.

In Hebrew, patah, segol, hiriq, qamet-hatuf, and quibbuts are all short vowels. See this chart.