[b-hebrew] verb forms - Isaiah 56:6-7 was dying you shall die

Uri Hurwitz uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 18 09:53:49 EDT 2007


Isaac Fried wrote, inter alia:
"Uri,    The relationship between Hebrew and Arabic is enigmatic

 and I am not prepared to be sucked now into this murky

 vortex. "...

   Arabic preserves many Proto-Semitic features which are

 common to all Semitic languages. Just one small example:

 Heb. ATTAH compared with Arab. ANTA. Notice the Dagesh

 forte in the Heb. Tav which compensates for the original Nun

 that had been there and is preserved in the Arabic. In Hebrew

  it was assimilated to the next letter, but marked its former

 presence by the slight emphatic pronounciation as still

 heard in Masoretes time and marked by them as a dagesh.

    To cite just one more example :the exact same process 

occurred in verbs. Notice the imperfect of NPL in Qal, where

 the Nun drops and is commpensated with a dagesh. 

 

   As for the pre-historical devlopment of Semitic languages

 or human languages in general, this is the realm of sheer

 speculation.

    Uri

 

 

  

       
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