[b-hebrew] Genesis 31: 47 - Suffix -UT

David Kummerow farmerjoeblo at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 28 00:25:56 EST 2007


There is no linguistic sense in seeing -ut here as simultaneously 
referring to the addressee and some third-person referent. This is, 
after all, a morpheme which may be attached to nouns. BH verbal 
inflections and suffixes are of a different category, where a verb may 
be inflected for person-number-gender as well as take an optional 
suffix. Depending on the binyan, verbal inflections are generally 
actor/agent and verbal suffixes are undergoer/patient. However, even 
here, no single morpheme simultaneously refers to the addressee as well 
as a third-person referent. There is no evidence for the combining or 
multi-combining of personal pronouns.

David Kummerow.

> Melek, king  ---------> malkut (malk-ut), royalty (1Ch 29:25)
> How can this -ut be explained as a combining of personal pronouns?
> For confirmation: in Israeli Hebrew.... there are plenty of cases where 
> a final -ut means an abstract concept:
> 1. adom, red ---------> admut, redness
> 2. pikeaH, seer (Ex 4:11)  ----------> pikHut, cleverness
> 3. sefer, book ---------> sifrut, literature
> etc. etc.
> Pere Porta
> Barcelona (Spain)

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