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Whereas the Biblical cantillation marks in modern texts appear at least once on every word, the cantillation marks found in the Geniza manuscripts were one every dozen or so words
In 1960, Professor Yeivin, then at Hebrew University, had (in a series of three separate papers) catalogued all the occurrences of cantillation marks found in a variety of documents.
Assuming that the cantillation marks were indeed intended as instructions for vocalizing (or chanting) the text, I did what linguists always do: I worked backwards.
Finally, although Price does not actually offer a complete formal analysis, his work demonstrates that the structure of the Tiberian cantillation marks may, in its general outlines, be represented as a simple context-free grammar, one that can potentially be checked and verified via modem, computer-based tools.