[b-hebrew] language level
if at math.bu.edu
Sun Jan 30 00:16:04 EST 2011
I looked at all the Hebrew roots and their descendant words to verify
this. Language is a very very simple device and, as it developed
spontaneously, it must have very very obvious structure.
Isacc Fried, Boston University
On Jan 29, 2011, at 11:09 PM, fred burlingame wrote:
> Hello Isaac;
> Thanks for your instructive comments.
> It sounds reasonable that one letter roots give rise to two and
> three letter roots.
> But how do you arrive at the base meaning of the single letter
> root? By reasoning back from the revealed meaning (via usage) of
> the descendant two and three letter roots?
> fred burlingame
> On Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 8:04 PM, Isaac Fried <if at math.bu.edu> wrote:
> 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
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