[b-hebrew] language level
if at math.bu.edu
Sun Jan 30 16:50:12 EST 2011
This is, indeed, the ultimate question ––– the end of the road.
All Hebrew single-consonant roots (excepting R) are, in my opinion,
but existence markers, with an added shade of meaning. The meaning of
the root L is what it is in AL על 'above', the meaning of the root B
is what it is in AB עב 'thick, solid', the meaning of the root $ is
what it is in $)H שאה, 'lift' [compare $OA שוע 'noble'], the
root S is what it is in SA), 'carry, lift', and so on. The root R
indicates, in my opinion, plurality, namely, that a material state
consists of many free bodies, for instance RSQ, PRQ, $BR, etc.. Then,
there is context and usage.
Isaac Fried, Boston University
On Jan 30, 2011, at 12:22 PM, fred burlingame wrote:
> Hello Isaac:
> That process sounds eminently reasonable and intuitive.
> But .... then, for example, after you complete the process and
> arrive at the base, single letter root; .... how do you draw out
> the meaning of that single letter?
> For example, with letter "$" below? What is the base meaning of
> that letter? And how do you reason to that conclusion?
> I look forward to hearing from you.
> fred burlingame
> On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 10:15 AM, Isaac Fried <if at math.bu.edu> wrote:
> To obtain the root of a Hebrew word I remove from it all attached
> prepositions (admittedly, it is not always clear if a first letter
> is grammatical or radical, as in the word TAMAR), then I remove
> from it all, internal and external, personal pronouns (in other
> words I shed from it all vowels), then I ignore the letters aleph,
> ayin, and final he, which I consider mere filler letters, and am
> left with the root.
> Thus, the root of AB, 'father, cloud, thick', is B. The root of E$,
> 'fire', is $. The root of 'EL, 'god', is L. The root of GA!,
> 'touch', is G. The root of OR, 'light', is R. The root of QUM,
> 'rise', is QM, the root of QIYR, 'wall', is QR. the root of ARBA,
> 'four', is RB. The root of ECBA, 'finger', is CB. And so on.
> Isaac Fried, Boston University
> On Jan 30, 2011, at 8:21 AM, Paul Zellmer wrote:
>> Again, the language that we know as Hebrew has triliteral roots.
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