[b-hebrew] Re.: Initial Consonant Clusters in Biblical Hebrew

Vadim Cherny vadimcherny at gmail.com
Fri Jun 11 13:29:28 EDT 2010

IMO, dvash, shtayim and the like appeared etymologically from the  
smihut reduction (zuf-dvash, something-shtayim). Originally, perhaps,  
it had been *zuf-davash. The reduction process could be this: *zuf- 
davash (1) - zufd-avash (2) - zufd-'vash (3) - zuf-dvash. The  
Masoretes used word-initial dagesh kal to prevent nos.2-3.

Vadim Cherny 

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