The form of weqatal (really wayyiqtol)
dwashbur at nyx.net
Thu Aug 19 01:24:51 EDT 1999
> Thank you. To clarify the matter, as I see it there are two largely
> separate issues here:
> 1) Are there one or two prefix conjugations?
> 2) Is the prefix on WAYYIQTOL the conjunction WE- or something
Exactly. That was why I suggested that my exchange with Henry
was reaching the point where it covered two separate topics and
was becoming a little unmanageable.
> My thinking on issue 1), based on Henry's phonological arguments and
> even without looking at WAYYIQTOL (i.e. looking just at jussive and
> full YIQTOL forms), is that there are two prefix conjugations.
I'm in the process of rethinking my ideas on that topic as well,
though I haven't arrived at a conclusion yet. Still sifting the data.
> Question 2) is I think still wide open, though I feel that if the
> prefix is not simply WE-, it is most likely WE- plus some other
> element (possibly analogous to the article, cf. the distinction
> between B:YOWM and BAYYOWM).
And this question isn't necessarily affected by the outcome of
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dancing yodelers!" "Talk about unpredictable!" - P&B
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