Lisbeth S. Fried
lizfried at umich.edu
Fri Mar 22 21:58:33 EST 2002
My understanding is that the nouns also stem
one or another of the binyan, so that these
characterize the nouns as well as the verbs.
But maybe this isn't true for every noun.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: uri hurwitz
> [mailto:uhurwitz at yahoo.com]
> Sent: Fri, March 22, 2002 9:47 PM
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Re: Simple question
> 'BINYANIM' are the plural of
> 'Binyan ', meaning 'building' or, in this
> case 'Verbal structure'. The term
> entered the Heb. language in Medieval
> times, and the plural form, which
> you asked about, simply refers to the
> verbal structures QAL, NIPHAL etc
> mentioned in your question.
> Another English term fot
> BINYANIM is 'conjugations'.However since
> this may refer to something else
> also, it is not quite accurate.
> I would not characterize the
> term as 'structure of the language' as
> was suggested, because it refers
> only to the structure of verbal patterns
> in Semitic languages, Hebrew
> included. Nor would I describe it as 'stem'
> which is another term for 'root',
> but perhaps others understand this
> English term differently.
> Uri Hurwitz
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