[b-hebrew] "Shaf`el" in Hebrew?
kwrandolph at email.com
Sun Feb 6 22:40:28 EST 2005
"The "above pattern" is a late construct" compared to what?
I don't recall a single place in Tanakh where niphal is reflexive, could you please point out examples?
I have other questions concerning what you wrote below, but they are based on the first one above.
Karl W. Randolph.
----- Original Message -----
From: Bearpecs at aol.com
> In a message dated 2/5/2005 9:36:59 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> kwrandolph at email.com writes:
> The above pattern has neither the place nor the need for a "shafel" form.
> The "above pattern" is a late construct. The niph'al, for example, was
> originally a reflexive, not a passive. Of course you "have found
> that pattern to
> fit the use in Hebrew quite well", because it was created to fit the
> then-current use. The pattern was not intended to incorporate
> diachronic reality.
> The idea that Tanakh retains some archaic verb forms is no more surprising
> than that it occasionally retains archaic words.
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