[b-hebrew] English phonaesthetical cells in Hebrew
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Sat Mar 20 09:53:19 EDT 2010
A famous English phonaesthetical cell gl- is widely present in Hebrew
as gl[hey] with related meaning "to reveal, open", but more
importantly, it is traceable to gl's basic meaning of "to heap up,
cover something in a heap, to cover something round about".
English sl- phonaesthetical cell may be related to Hebrew samech-lamed
which means "to push down".
Phonaesthesia is built into Hebrew where three-letter roots share
their two-letter root cell's meaning. In English, the origin of
phonaesthesia are obscure. Might not such roots enter the Romance and
Germanic languages from Semitic?
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