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

David Kummerow farmerjoeblo at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 29 01:52:26 EST 2007

Before I commit to what I said about entirely retiring from this discussion:

1. Typological analysis of known human languages has convincingly 
demonstrated that human language minimally requires three vowels.

2. Since you obviously do not understand phonemics, let me briefly 
demonstrate: [hu'] (3ms anaphoric pronoun) and [hi'] (3ms anaphoric 
pronoun) form a minimal pair allowing for the identification of the 
phonemes /u/ and /i/. They are thus phonemes -- not identity markers. 
The fact that they may be used as such is entirely secondary -- which 
means that not every 'u' or 'i' is an identity marker. Other linguistic 
criteria isolate these phonemes as vowels, distinguishing them from the 
consonantal phonemes.

3. The fact that you are oblivious to these facts necessitates that you 
really should read up on basic linguistics and until you do so your 
thoughts cannot be taken at all seriously.

David Kummerow.

> Which is an erroneous, and -- as always it seems -- linguistically 
> unsubstantiated assumption on your part. Human beings are unable to 
> speak such a theoretical construct and has been proven through the 
> typological documentation of languages world-wide.
> Regards,
> David Kummerow.
>> David,
>> You have said
>> "Actually, I said, and have said, a lot more than that."
>> I know. I would greatly prefer, though, to stay focused on one thing 
>> at a time.
>> I have said it often and very clearly before, and I will say it again:
>> Every U and I in a Hebrew word is a universal identity marker [aka 
>> personal pronoun], invariably. 
>> There is no such thing in Hebrew as a "vowel", except for A. The idea 
>> of the vowel is an alien carry-over into Hebrew from Indo-European 
>> grammar.
>> Isaac Fried, Boston University
>> On Nov 29, 2007, at 12:06 AM, David Kummerow wrote:

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