Translation of Piel (and Pual) roots

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Sat Dec 25 18:36:12 EST 1999


One minor quibble with Randall,
[snip]
> unfortunately, what you have been taught is misleading, or inside-out. 
> it is etymology in place of semantics.
> let me illustrate:
> *qittel above does not exist. 
> it is not a word. you are not allowed to "conjugate" new vocabulary. 

Are we absolutely certain it didn't exist until medieval times?  I 
would suggest that it's more accurate to say it isn't attested in 
biblical Hebrew.  It's indeed possible that it didn't exist, but we 
don't know that for sure.

Sir Nitpick at your service,
Dave Washburn
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