Words for man

George Athas gathas at mail.usyd.edu.au
Tue Sep 14 00:04:10 EDT 1999


_'dm_ can denote mankind or humanity. It can, however, also be used to denote a single
individual. However, this is more often expressed by the word _'yš_. I don't think _'yš_
ever denotes mankind as a whole - someone else may be able to confirm or deny that. The
word _'yš_ denotes a single male person translated as "a man". The fact that it signifies
an individual is attested by the fact that it sometimes needs to be translated as "each
(man)". The word _'nš_ I think has the same semantic range as _'dm_.

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