[b-hebrew] Loan words

Walter R. Mattfeld mattfeld12 at charter.net
Thu Jul 10 14:40:48 EDT 2003

Stephen wrote:
"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

Dear Stephen,

I am not clear if you are saying Dave Washburn is wrong and jumping to
conclusions, or that Professor Redford is jumping to conclusions, or that
the professional Assyriologists who have compiled the multi-volume
Real-lexicon of Akkadian words are wrong to posit that Hebrew possesses
Akkadian loan words. Which is it ?

Regards Walter
Walter Reinhold Warttig Mattfeld, M.A. Ed.
mattfeld12 at charter.net

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