[b-hebrew] -HM vs -MW suffix

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Tue Feb 21 11:30:17 EST 2012

It is all Biblical Hebrew, but the HB contains different parallel  
grammatical forms and constructions.  The commonly suffixed personal  
pronoun is -U as in TA-$UB-U (containing three personal pronouns)  
תשובו of Jos. 23:12, but also, more rarely, -UN as in T$UBUN of  
1Ki. 9:6. What prompted the editor to use -UN instead of -U is not  
clear to me, the same way it is not clear to me why he prefers to use  
in Ex. 9:25 $IBER שִבֵּר instead of $ABAR (I don't believe, not  
even for a moment that piel represents a "strong" action.)

In the spoken Hebrew of today -UN is out.

When you say that, say, -IY is a suffix you are only implying that it  
is not radical. For example, BIY as in BIY ADONIY of Nu. 12:11. If - 
IY is here a suffix, then the word (or macro-word) is of the single- 
consonant root B, corresponding to the English 'be', with something  
attached to it. But what is this something, is it the same thing as  
in BIY, 'in me', of 2Sam. 14:33?

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Feb 20, 2012, at 7:13 PM, Nir cohen - Prof. Mat. wrote:

> isaac,
> remember, the subject is BIBLICAL hebrew.
> nir cohen
> On Sun, 19 Feb 2012 21:28:04 -0500, Isaac Fried wrote
> > Different forms, previously current, for the personal pronouns  
> are now preserved only in
> > attachment, as the -UN for HEM הם in ISAUNKA ישאונך HI-SA- 
> UN-AKAH, 'they (shall) bear thee',
> > of Ps. 91:12.
> >
> > Another example is TA$LIKUN = TA-$L-I-K-UN תשליכון 'ye  
> (shall) cast it' of Ex. 22:30.
> >
> > And "why not -W?". Now it is, indeed, shortened to a mere U.
> >
> > Isaac Fried, Boston University
> >
> > On Feb 17, 2012, at 3:29 PM, Nir cohen - Prof. Mat. wrote:
>> many other letters are used as suffixes, as in YSSWN. so, why not -W?
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