[b-hebrew] Re: disambiguate question
peterkirk at qaya.org
Thu Jun 2 11:32:09 EDT 2005
On 02/06/2005 16:17, Uri Hurwitz wrote:
> */Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org>/* wrote:
> and used the following wonderful word:
> "...... disambiguate....."
> meaning, possibly," remove ambiguity from?" I wonder when was it
> coined, and when is it used?
Sorry, this is perhaps a term from the computer era or perhaps from
linguistics, but you clearly understood it correctly. In fact its
definition in several dictionaries suggests an origin in linguistics:
"To establish a single grammatical or semantic interpretation for."
> Surely there was a way of expressing this in BH, that is, somewhat
> before the computer era . How about a negation of PSXYM (L $TY
> HS(PYM in I K 18:21. Other possibilities?
Judges 12:6? No ambiguity allowed there! :-)
Seriously, I would imagine that there is a term in mediaeval Hebrew
grammar for distinguishing between the two pronunciations of qamats
and/or the two of sheva. But I don't know what it is.
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