[b-hebrew] logograms--an ode to Hebrew
George F Somsel
gfsomsel at juno.com
Thu Dec 23 12:01:40 EST 2004
On Thu, 23 Dec 2004 17:24:55 +0200 "Vadim Cherny"
<vadim_lv at center-tv.net> writes:
> Dear Liz,
> > Akkadian is derived from Sumerian and
> > that Sumerian and Egyptian hieroglyphs vie for the status of
> > written language.
> My guess is that Hebrew (or Semitic, for this matter) is an
> grammatical structure overlaid on the existing natural ("mumbling")
> > Second, many Hebrew roots have only two letters, qm, b', lk, and
> > are the most common. It is easy to see how these could have
> started out
> > as grunts.
> No argument about this. The issue is the language as we know it,
> with very
> strict three-letter roots (two-letter ones received waw, hey,
> ayn-ayn, etc).
> And that language strongly seems based on certain arbitrary
> foremost--the fixed root length.
> But, again and again, what I see as the biggest question is that
> of specifically three-"letter" roots predates the concept of letter.
> At the
> time when the root length was fixed as three letters, the concept of
> did not exist yet.
> Vadim Cherny
Actually, Accadian is NOT derived from Sumerian. The two languages are
not even in the same family. What Accadiaan got from Sumerian was it
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