[b-hebrew] one-to-one rendering of olam (was: Song of Songs1:12)
fournet.arnaud at wanadoo.fr
Fri Dec 10 08:21:06 EST 2010
From: Isaac Fried
Be specific, please, if you think that "proto-Semitic" is more than a
The reasons to accept Proto-Semitic are * exactly * the same reasons that
enables you to talk about Hebrew in the first place.
In spite of more or less obvious differences, all the varieties of Hebrew
are Hebrew because they share a huge amount of features, phonetic,
morphological, lexical, syntactical, etc.
It happens that most of the features are also shared by a set of languages
that have come to be called Semitic.
Proto-Semitic is a synthetic way of describing these features.
There is no descriptive, qualitative nor epistemological discontinuity
between any linguistic variety, characterized as being Hebrew, and
If you think these features are a myth, then what are the reasons to accept
that Hebrew exists?
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