[b-hebrew] Plural of חֵרֵשׁ (deaf)

Pere Porta pporta7 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 6 10:32:12 EDT 2011

 (George Athas)

> The word חֵרֵשׁ means 'deaf'. Its plural form is חֵרְשִׁים, rather than the
> expected חֲרֵשׁים. Does anyone have any thoughts on this morphological
> oddity?

(Pere Porta)

Dear George,

This is not a morphological "oddity"; this is the usual plural form of words
like "heresh". For instance, of "qereaH", bald (Lv 13:40).

The form with hatef patah in the first syllable and tsere in the second one
is ONLY for adjective "aher", other (look at Gn 23:13) and for words having
(in the singular absolute) qamats in their first syllable plus tsere in
their second one and whose first root consonant is guttural: haber, friend
(Jd 20:11), arel, uncircumcised (Jr 9:25), ayef, tired (Jd 8:4)

Kind regards from

Pere Porta
(Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)

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