[b-hebrew] -HM vs -MW suffix

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Fri Feb 17 12:01:44 EST 2012

We touched upon it here on several occasions, on which I expressed my  
belief that the
prefixed (or pre-hitched or pre-adhered) $E ֶש is but a curtailed  
(which is the price of hitching)
ZEH זֶה or ZEH: (notice the colon). I believe the letter L in $EL  
is a single-consonant root
meaning AL עַל or EL אֵל 'on'. $EL also appears to me to be a  
variant of ECEL אֵצֶל 'by'.

Thus, $ELO = $EL-HU, $ELIY = $EL-ANIY, $ELANU = $EL-ANU, etc.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Feb 17, 2012, at 8:13 AM, Uzi Silber wrote:

> Isaac:
> 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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