[b-hebrew] Re: consonantal reduplication

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Mon May 3 19:02:00 EDT 2004

Dear Harold and Clay:

I don’t have a list of such lexemes, but I think a better couple of examples would be:

)DMDM (אדמדם) reddish

(QLQL (עקלקל) convoluted

SLSLH (סלסלות) used once in Tanakh, comes from the root SLL (סלל), appears to mean trellis in its use in Jeremiah 6:9 and KRKRH appears as if it comes from the root KRR (כרר): both of these examples already have a doubled consonant.

)BYB (אנינ) the Hebrew name of the month in which Passover is found, the first month of the year, appears to have a doubled beit with a yod interjected, from )B (אנ).

As for the meaning of XPRPRWT (חפרפרות) I’m guessing, but expect it to refer to a small, burrowing animal, about the size of a bat.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Harold R. Holmyard III" <hholmyard at ont.com>

> Dear Clay,
> >How common is double consonant reduplication like the
> >form lxprprym found in 1QIsa(a)?
> I would say not extremely common, but they are not surprising. Here 
> are a few that I found without trying hard.
> KRKRH = dromedary
> SLSLH = basket
> SNSNYM = fruit-stalk
> (P(P = eyelid
> 				Yours,
> 				Harold Holmyard
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