[b-hebrew] Someone knows?

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Mon Apr 18 15:57:44 EDT 2011

Some thoughts on KEN - KIN-O, LEB - LIB-O, etc. :

1. The augmented form KIN-O, 'his nest', with an "I" sound, evokes  
the suspicion that it possibly preserves an older KIN noun form.  
Namely, that in the distant past Hebrew lacked the O and E sounds,  
and had to do with only the "basic" A, I, U sounds.

2. The fact that KIN-O has a dagesh in the letter N implies that the  
xireq sound was the accepted reading already at the time of the DAG 
$ANIYM, well before the time of the NAQDANIYM.

3. You are right that the "official" XASAR HANIYQUD spelling of KIN-O  
is without a yod, but I do insert it whenever I think it may lead to  
a misunderstanding.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Apr 18, 2011, at 1:22 PM, Pere Porta wrote:

> Isaac,
> one must carefully distinguish between the niqud and the unniqud.
> Noun אִמָּא, mum, is spelled )YMA) in the unniqud because  
> nouns non strictly Hebrew and all the borrowings from foreing  
> languages...... follow the rule of including a yod for the hireq.
> And so,
> אינטרנט, internet
> The "strict" Hebrew nouns having vowel hireq (sound "i") take no  
> yod whenever the basic noun hasn't.
> Thus, QIN.FH, her nest (Pr 27:8) takes no yod because Q"N (Is 16:2)  
> lacks it.
> Regards from
> Pere Porta

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