[b-hebrew] genitive PP suffix

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Thu Jul 25 07:56:43 EDT 2013


The Hebrew PP אך AK (related to אח AX, 'brother' and חי XAY,  
'alive'?) brings to mind the Latin 'ego', the German 'ich', and the  
English suffix -ic (related to -ik, -ish, -ing?).

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Jul 25, 2013, at 1:05 AM, Jonathan Mohler wrote:

>
> On Jul 24, 2013, at 5:53 PM, Isaac Fried wrote:
>
>> What I have said is that I tend to think that corresponding to
>> את, אתה, אתם AT, ATAH, ATEM,
>
> Interesting to me is how wide spread this dental form is throughout  
> European languages: tu, toi, ta, ti, du, thou, etc..
>
>> there was in use, in some corner of Hebrew
>> אך, אכה, אכם AK, AKAH, AKEM
>
> This one shows up in Bantu as 2sg affixes; accusatives ku and khu,  
> genitives -ako, -akho
>
>> (a hint of which we find in אנוכי ANOKIY and אנחנו  
>> ANAXNU), that survived
>> only as a "suffix" personal pronoun (PP) to express the "genitive",
>> to wit, אמך IMKA = EM-AKAH, 'your mother'.
>>
> cf. Swahili MAMAKO, 'your mother'
>
> ANOKIY has a cousin as well: Swahili, -ANGU --> babangu, 'my  
> father' and Luyia -ANGE omwanange, 'my son'
>
>> Another fossil is the אתי ATIY, instead of אני ANIY, left  
>> frozen as a "suffix" in the
>> compound שברתי $ABARTIY = $ABAR-ATIY, 'I have broken'.
>
> I never thought about this one.
> The 1st person nominative subject prefix for the immediate future  
> in Luyia is a nasalized derivative of *ATIY, NDA.
>
>> Isaac Fried, Boston University
>
> Jonathan Mohler
> Baptist Bible Graduate School
> Springfield, MO
>
>> On Jul 24, 2013, at 5:20 PM, Jonathan Mohler wrote:
>>
>>> I don't have a theory for how the self-standing ATAH would  
>>> engender the suffix -KAH.
>>
>
>
>

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