[b-hebrew] Tense and aspect; was: "The use of "

Jason Hare jaihare at gmail.com
Thu Apr 23 08:52:25 EDT 2009


I'm not looking to get into an argument or disagreement about how you
can your opinions and
feelings regarding the make-up of the Hebrew language, but I'm certain
that every single other contributor on the list knows what I meant by
that statement. What I'm interested in getting across to you is that
you have no footing on which to stand when you make a proclamation
that "lack of definition" is somehow better, because your system of
root letters bearing semantic weight is just as definition-based and
overly intricate as the work of anyone in the field of linguistics,
and with less right to be so. At least they submit their work for peer
review, for critique, for betterment. Your opinions exist outside of
the realm of investigation, since they have never been submitted for
scrutiny — or when you have received any kind of feedback, you have
rejected it out of hand.

All I'm saying is that you have no right to send the message that you
sent, criticizing others for attempting to systematize, categorize and
understand both the language and human communicative means, when your
own system is just as complicated and far less supportable.

As I said, I'm not interested in debating this with you. You've had
enough debate from EVERYONE on this list who thinks your theories are
far-fetched and non-representative, and it would be a waste of
anyone's time (and of the server space) to take these things up again.
Just watch it when it comes to pop shots and one-liners intended to
undermine other people's way of looking at things. I mean, you are
hardly one to talk when it comes to such things.

Jason Hare
Rehovot, Israel

On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 2:43 PM, Isaac Fried <if at math.bu.edu> wrote:
> Jason,
> I am sorry but do not really understand what you are saying: "how they are
> grouped and how the roots form some kind of mystical base meaning quite
> apart from their appearances in the text of the Bible or other related
> literature" is not something I recognize.
> Isaac Fried, Boston University

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