[b-hebrew] Prefix or root consonant?

ג'ייסון הייר jaihare at gmail.com
Sat Nov 3 05:00:49 EDT 2007


Yes, N is part of the root, but not the N that you see in the word. The root
letter is assimilated by the G in this case, represented only by the dagesh.
The N that is seen is the marker for the first-person plural, here maybe a
cohortative ("Let us surely tell...."). The "tense" is imperfect and the
binyan hif'il (הפעיל).

However, it is not like WN$YM, if the root of this word is $MM. The root of
NfG.iYD is NGD.

Jason Hare
English Teacher
Rishon LeZion

On 11/3/07, pporta at oham.net <pporta at oham.net> wrote:
> I am considering the word NFG.IYD (Jer 36:16) and I'm trying to discern
> whether the nun is the first root consonant (stem NGD) or it is a prefix
> that means 1st person plural (and then has nothing to do with the nun
> first
> root consonant).
> I rather think it is a prefix and has nothing to do with the N of the stem
> NGD.
> My thought is so because I remark that in the word WN$YM (Nm 21:30), which
> is a parallel to NFG.IYD both as regards pattern and verbal features, the
> N
> clearly is prefix, not root consonant (it comes from $MM).
> This is not a trivial question: depending on which the right answer is,
> this
> word will be placed here or there in the Hebrew Schemary I'm working to
> build up (www.oham.net)
> What do you think?
> Thanks!
> Pere Porta
> Barcelona (Spain)

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