[b-hebrew] Study on energic nun ter

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Sun Dec 2 22:44:05 EST 2007


The "energic nun is a morpheme which is gradually dying out in BH."  
Is this what the "energic nun" is, a dying nun? Or is the slow death  
only incidental to its nature?

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Dec 2, 2007, at 8:07 PM, David Kummerow wrote:

>
>
>> Pere,
>>
>> Do you really believe that the ancient Hebrews had something that we
>> are compelled to fancifully call today "energic nun"?
>
> Yes -- but I'd drop the words "are compelled to fancifully".
>
>
>> You are saying
>> that this nun is inserted.
>
> Don't know what you mean by "inserted". If you mean something like  
> that
> energic nun is a morpheme which is gradually dying out in BH and it is
> consequently somewhat "optional", then yes, it is inserted.
>
>> But is it not the reverse, namely, that  this
>> nun was there in the first place and then over time dropped out   
>> of the
>> form?
>
> Yes, the morpheme was there and was gradually dying out.
>
> Should we then mark and call the vacated spot "the  dropped
>> energic nun fault line", or something else to this effect?
>>
>
> No, of course not.
>
>> Isaac Fried, Boston University
>>
>>
>>
>
> Regards,
> David Kummerow.
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