[b-hebrew] -HM vs -MW suffix

Uzi Silber uzisilber at gmail.com
Fri Feb 17 08:13:12 EST 2012


Many years ago I watched the linguist Avshalom Kor on Israeli TV expound on
the word 'shel'.  He explained that 'shel' is a contraction of the more
archaic expression 'asher leh', as in 'shir hashirim asher le Shlomo' which
would be shir hashirim shel Shlomo'.

If follows then that 'shelo' and 'shelanu' would be short for 'asher lo'
and 'asher lanu'.

Uzi Silber

On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 7:04 AM, Isaac Fried <if at math.bu.edu> wrote:

> In the word *$EL-O שלו (as in $EL-IY שלי of Songs 1:6, or $EL-
> ANU שלנו of 2Ki 6:11),
> is the  O a mere "vowel suffix", or is it the contracted personal
> pronoun HU, 'he'? I don't think that Hebrew is made up of "vowel
> suffixes".
> Isaac Fried, Boston University
> On Feb 16, 2012, at 12:59 PM, Nir cohen - Prof. Mat. wrote:
> > an added -W in mostly pausal poetic situations, representing
> > an archaic vowel suffix.
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