[b-hebrew] Potiphar's title

Stephen C. Carlson scarlson at mindspring.com
Thu Jul 10 13:30:18 EDT 2003

"Walter R. Mattfeld" <mattfeld12 at charter.net> wrote:
>Are you saying that AT NO TIME EVER did the Hebrews accept into the Hebrew
>language "loanwords" ?

Actually, there is a method for distinguishing between cognates and loanwords, and it involves looking at the reconstructed proto-Semitic etymon and seeing if the reflexes of the word are consistent or inconsistent with the set of sound changes for each language.  Since this has not been done in this thread, it is premature to assert that the term in question is a loanword.


Stephen C. Carlson, 
mailto:scarlson at mindspring.com 
"Poetry speaks of aspirations, and songs chant the words."  Shujing 2.35

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