[b-hebrew] Fact of language?

Yitzhak Sapir yitzhaksapir at gmail.com
Wed Jun 2 19:00:36 EDT 2010

On Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 1:21 AM, Randall Buth wrote:
> With "piel"-type verbs whose roots have a doubled 2-3 consonant or whose
> roots had a middle ayin/vav, an alternate biinyan was developed and used,
> the so-called polel and polal (generally passive of polel verbs).
> Now the participles of the respective binyanim would be
> mefolel and mefolal. So far so good. (cf. Is 53:5 meHolal)
> However, the feminine participles create an ambiguous situation when the
> -et endings are used:  mesovevet (polel) and mesovevet (polal)!
> Such is one cause of your ambiguity. The fluidity of 'middles' and
> 'intransitives' and 'passives' across languages is another.

In the Bible one can compare the Biblical mashovevet in Ezk 38:8.

Yitzhak Sapir

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