[b-hebrew] logograms--an ode to Hebrew
peterkirk at qaya.org
Thu Dec 23 18:25:39 EST 2004
On 23/12/2004 20:22, Vadim Cherny wrote:
>... Do you
>know of any language exhibiting tendency to adopt the loand words into
>fixed-length root mould?
Yes. All of the Semitic languages, and Berber and probably Egyptian as well.
>And why would naturally emerging words
>a. conform to fixed-length roots
>b. have regular patterns in root construction (such as, again, further in
>alphabet is the third radical, lighter is the meaning: not for all roots,
>but beyond coincidence)
>Uh, I argue for long time now that four-letter nouns with initial taw are
>frozen hifil verbs, t+rgm.
Possibly. That is not a new hypothesis. I'm sure you could explain all
quadriliterals as adapted triliterals if you wanted, but unless you can
prove this your reasoning is in danger of becoming circular.
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