[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53:8 lamo
peterkirk at qaya.org
Mon Dec 20 12:27:55 EST 2004
On 20/12/2004 16:53, Uri Hurwitz wrote:
> */Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org>/* wrote:
> > ...
> "...I can find a number of examples of semantic shift between cognates
> within the Semitic triliteral system. A simple one is "shalom" = "peace"
> (Hebrew) and "salaam" = "greetings" (Arabic). Semantically linked, of
> course, but the Arabic meaning is significantly weakened"....
> Two comments:
> A. In Arabic too the root can clearly mean peace;( look up under
> "salaam", but also "silm");
Which proves my point: even within a language with triliteral roots
there can be significant semantic shift.
> B. In both languages the original meaning was probably
> "completeleness, fullness"; (again you'll find examples in both
Again this proves my point: the etymological or "original" meaning is
not a good guide to current meaning.
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