[b-hebrew] 'Tav" Preformative Third person Masc Plural form?
yitzhaksapir at gmail.com
Thu Nov 16 01:55:05 EST 2006
On 11/16/06, Vadim Cherny wrote:
> From: "Yitzhak Sapir"
> > Furthermore, the suffix -na appears to be original to both and
> > if dropped, it was first dropped in the third person feminine
> > conjugation.
> Another possibility is that suffix -na is actually a "polite imperative" na
> which follows the verbs, like tictov na.
Not really. The "polite" suffix word is in my opinion probably related to
a verb form that ended in -n. In any case, it is a development of only
some Semitic languages, whereas the -na that follows the feminine
plurals is original to Semitic. Even Hebrew recognizes the difference,
whereby the feminine plural conjugation suffix is spelled "nh" while the
"polite" suffix is spelled "n)".
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