[b-hebrew] logograms--an ode to Hebrew

Vadim Cherny vadim_lv at center-tv.net
Thu Dec 23 10:24:55 EST 2004

Dear Liz,

> Akkadian is derived from Sumerian and
> that Sumerian and Egyptian hieroglyphs vie for the status of oldest
> written language.

My guess is that Hebrew (or Semitic, for this matter) is an artificial
grammatical structure overlaid on the existing natural ("mumbling")

> Second, many Hebrew roots have only two letters, qm, b', lk, and these
> are the most common. It is easy to see how these could have started out
> as grunts.

No argument about this. The issue is the language as we know it, with very
strict three-letter roots (two-letter ones received waw, hey, ayn-ayn, etc).
And that language strongly seems based on certain arbitrary assumptions,
foremost--the fixed root length.

But, again and again, what I see as the biggest question is that convention
of specifically three-"letter" roots predates the concept of letter. At the
time when the root length was fixed as three letters, the concept of letter
did not exist yet.

Vadim Cherny

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