[b-hebrew] language level
if at math.bu.edu
Sat Jan 29 21:04:59 EST 2011
1. The two words are of the same root XL, 'pile up'.
2. The Hebrew root refers to a material state. The words derived from
it acquire by usage and context their specific meaning.
3. I am of the opinion that all Hebrew roots are a fusion of single
consonant roots. This is how the language developed. The letter
L ,thus, represents elevation, and its appearance in a root always
indicates this. For example: EL, 'a lofty being', AL-EH, 'leaf', LUL,
'ladder', ALILAH, 'tall story, plot, libel', UL, 'grownup', and so on.
Isaac Fried, Boston University
On Jan 29, 2011, at 8:12 PM, fred burlingame wrote:
> Hello Isaac;
> Thanks for your helpful comments.
> If I understand you correctly, the two words in question, אחל
> (alef, chet, lamed) and וחלו (waw, chet, lamed, waw), both
> belong to the same root family.
> I am not sure however, how this large root family (that you
> describe) arises. Are you saying that the single consonant ל
> (lamed) forms the single root for this family of words/verbs? I see
> only lamed as the single common thread in these roots.
> Are you suggesting that the fundamental root of all hebrew words
> includes a single letter? And, in this instance, the developers of
> the language then proceeded to build a family of related two and
> three letter roots and word meanings around this single letter?
> I look forward to hearing your response.
> fred burlingame
> On Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 6:22 PM, Isaac Fried <if at math.bu.edu> wrote:
> The root XL is a member of the root family: GL, XL, KL, QL, GLL,
> HLL, XLL, KLL, QLL, of the basic sense of 'enclose, contain,
> include, collect, mount, pile up, put together'. It contains the
> single-consonant root L for elevation. The other root X is as in
> XAY, 'alive', or in AX, 'brother'.
> We have from this root the words: XOL, 'sand dune', XALON,
> 'window', XALIYL, 'flute' (essentially a GALIYL or a M-XIL-AH
> enclosing an empty XALAL), XALAH, 'a shaped heap of baked dough',
> XEIL, 'bulwark, embankment', XAYIL, 'strength, substance, potency',
> MA-XOL, 'dance, moving around, moving collectively', MA-XAL-AH,
> 'illness, an ill inclusion, bending over'.
> The three-consonant root is not God-given, and it stands to reason
> that the Hebrew language was not born complete with it.
> Isaac Fried, Boston University
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