[b-hebrew] -HM vs -MW suffix

Nir cohen - Prof. Mat. nir at ccet.ufrn.br
Thu Feb 16 12:59:23 EST 2012

we have to separate karl's -MW from issac's MW as they come from different

karl's MW come as an added -W in mostly pausal poetic situations, representing
an archaic vowel suffix. it just represents a variant of LHM
in the form LMW. 

although karl interprets this as possibly singular, i agree with george that
plural is at least as likely. an all-plural, no-singular etymology is to be
preferred, being the simpler among the two assumptions. there is no example
as far as i know where singular is the ONLY reading.

isaac's MW is a -MW-morpheme associated with MAH-what, i.e. a substantive 
in the genitive translated as "the very...". it has nothing to do with an 
-W suffix, it is not pausal, its case is different (genitive).

nir cohen

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