[b-hebrew] Genesis 31: 47: What Foreign Language Is That?

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Sat Nov 24 17:41:56 EST 2007


The Ending -UTA is the grafted combined personal pronoun HU)-AT-HI)  
or HU)-ATAH needed to turn the root SHD into the noun SAHAD-UTA, 'he  
[the thing] which has the property embodied in the root SHD'.
It corresponds to the -UT = HU)-AT ending of (ED-UT, 'evidence,  
precept, decree', as of Psalms 19:8.
It is possible that the purpose of the last HI) in the triplet HU)-AT- 
HI) serves the function of a definite article, as is the pre- 
positioned Hebrew HA- = HI), say, HA-(ED-UT.

Isaac Fried, Boston University
On Nov 23, 2007, at 7:55 PM, jimstinehart at aol.com wrote:

> Yitzhak Sapir:
> You say that 'sahaduta' is an Aramaic word, and that -uta is a  
> nice, good Aramaic ending.
> I am having trouble confirming that on The Complete Aramaic Lexicon  
> site that you referenced.
> 1.? When I type in 'sahaduta', it says there is no such Aramaic word.
> 2.? When I look at the Old Aramaic texts, I do not seem to see any - 
> uta endings.
> 3.? What does -uta mean as an ending in Aramaic?
> 4.? Could you list several Aramaic words that end with -uta?
> Jim Stinehart
> Evanston, Illinois
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