[b-hebrew] re:the mystery of the vav-consecutive

Vadim Cherny vadimcherny at mail.ru
Tue May 31 10:41:21 EDT 2005

> The derivation of the wayyiqtol verb is relevant to the discussion. The most likely origin of the
> form is that it was an innovation, combining vav with doubling (assimilated nun?) and an archaic
> preterite verbal form, 

Everything was once an innovation. At any rate, waw is the oldest device for creating future tense. Modern future tense, derived from imperative, certainly appeared much later.

Doubling is not an arbitrary innovation, but a phonetic necessity. waw, just like hey, is semi-stressed, and so there is post-tonic gemination.

Vadim Cherny

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