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

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Mon Nov 26 19:51:26 EST 2007


George,

Your argument is very clear to me, except that I still don't see HOW  
the particle, to use your terminology, -UT turns a noun into an  
abstract noun.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Nov 26, 2007, at 3:30 AM, George Athas wrote:

> Hi Isaac!
>
> Firstly, I appreciate your contrition - that's very decent of you.
> Thank you. Now, let's move on.
>
> Secondly, the particle -UT is never seen on its own. It's not an
> independent particle (just as -ism or -tion are not independent). If
> you're looking for its independent value, you'll never actually see it
> 'in the wild'. It only comes packaged with nouns. Yet, it does have an
> intrinsic value of its own, which is it lends the noun it attaches to
> an abstract quality, thus turning it into an abstract noun. So, it is
> not a meaningless syllable, but a purposeful syllable. It's just not
> something you can observe independent of a noun.
>
>
>
> Best Regards,
>
> GEORGE ATHAS
> Moore Theological College (Sydney)
> 1 King St, Newtown, NSW 2042, Australia
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>
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