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

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at umich.edu
Thu Dec 23 12:30:28 EST 2004



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vadim Cherny [mailto:vadim_lv at center-tv.net]
> Sent: Thursday, December 23, 2004 10:25 AM
> To: Lisbeth S. Fried
> Cc: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] logograms--an ode to Hebrew
> 
> Dear Liz,
> 
> 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
Dear Vadim,
The concept of letter may not have existed, but the concept of syllable
surely did.
When the syllables are always CV or VC, it is easy to drop the Vowels. You
wind 
up then with a language based first on bi-consonantal roots, then tri, then
quad.
Liz Fried
lizfried at umich.edu 
> 
> 






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