[b-hebrew] Is there a pattern for a final -H?

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Mon Nov 3 15:00:56 EST 2003

Dear Noam:

No, I cannot at this time fulfill your request.

When I wrote my original question a couple of months ago, and no one responding to this mailing list had an answer, out of curiousity I worked out a research plan. The second step is to collect data. The third step is to analyse the data, sorting it out into different catagories. This step includes defining the catagories. The fourth step is to analyse non-obvious data and see if they fit the patterns as well.

So far, all I have done is go through step 2. I excluded from my data words that have an obvious male-female context: e.g. boy and girl, buck and doe, billy and she goat, etc.

The patterns I listed below are merely initial observations that may or may not pass the test of detailed analysis.

Perchance are you working on the same question?

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: Noam Eitan <noameitan at yahoo.com>

> Can you please provide 10 examples for each subset (of pairs)? 
> Thanks
> Noam Eitan, Brooklyn
> ---------------------------------------
> >A while ago I asked if there is a pattern why some words would have a final -H and others not.
> Since that  time I have collected over 200 noun pairs where the only difference in the spelling is the presence or absence of a final -H. There are more to go.
> For a large number of the pairs, both are given the same meaning, but a majority have recognizeably different meanings. Below are the initial impressions noted as I am collecting the sample.
> nouns without a final -H:
> individual
> concrete
> refers to an action
> if adjectival in use
> nouns with a final -H
> general
> abstract
> refers to something that follows that action
> abstract meaning
> If the pattern holds up upon further study, then the difference between XQ and XQH would be that XQ refers to specific, concrete statutes while XQH would refer to statutes in general, or in plural to the total corpus of statutes. This is just one example.
> Any thoughts? Am I all wet?
> Karl W. Randolph.
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