[b-hebrew] Explain it please

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Mon Dec 10 22:21:19 EST 2007


David,

I am really puzzled by your statement:

your contention -- again without adduced evidence -- that BH has only a
single vowel is linguistically impossible

Where is the single vowel and why is it linguistically impossible?

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Dec 10, 2007, at 3:45 AM, David Kummerow wrote:

>
> Hi Isaac,
>
> You wrote this:
>
>> 2. Even though -AH is in my opinion but a contracted HI) it may refer
>> to various agents and objects in various relationship modes. We have
>> YALDAH, 'girl, child-she', YALDAH, 'she gave birth, produced-a-chid-
>> she' and YALDAH, 'her boy, boy-she'.
>
> and this:
>
>> 4. In the adjective TOBAH, 'good', -AH refers to the feminine bearer
>> of the attribute, but in the noun TOBAH, 'favor, goodness', -AH
>> refers to the thing itself. Incidentally it is "female", as is
>> autostradah.
>> 5 The counterpart to MAR, 'mister' is MAR-AT, where -AT is surely the
>> personal pronoun AT, 'you'. MARAH is 'bitter'. Such is also the
>> relationship between GEBER and GBER-ET.
>
> What is the evidence for these assertions?
>
> What is your evidence for equating what has traditionally been  
> analysed
> as gender marking to actually be speech-participant marking? I've
> already demonstrated that your methodology is without linguistic
> support, viz. 1) that you eschew any essential phonemic analysis which
> allows you to basically propose anything you want to as it is then  
> up to
> the imagination and so is without any constraints; and 2) your
> contention -- again without adduced evidence -- that BH has only a
> single vowel is linguistically impossible. These two issues lead
> ultimately to a fanciful analysis which no one is taking seriously.
>
> You would do well to read monographs which relate to your above
> assertions such as the following:
>
> Corbett, Greville G. 1991. Gender. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics.
> Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
>
> Corbett, Greville G. 2000. Number. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics.
> Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
>
> Siewierska, Anna. 2004. Person. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics.
> Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
>
> Regards,
> David Kummerow.
>
>
>
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