Re: about semitic morphology
|From:||David Peterson <digitalscream@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, June 16, 2002, 9:03|
In a message dated 06/15/02 9:14:15 AM, conlang@POSTA.NET writes:
<< the root for writing is: M G D for living D R B
the noun "writing" is "megid"
should the noun for "loving" be "derib"???? Or there is no rule that all same
must have the same form? >>
In Arabic, the form for this type of noun is called the masDar (that's a
pharyngealized /d/, not a dental fric.), and it has different forms. Of
course, now I'm forgetting all my Arabic... For example, I think the masDar
of s-f-r is /as-safaarii/, whereas the masDar of q-r-? is /al-qiraa?a/,
though don't quote me on that. The point is, they're the same noun type, but
they have different forms, depending on something or other (what type of verb
it is, I think). Of course, within each verb type, there's no irregularity,
save phonologically conditioned irregularity. The most irregular part of the
whole bit is the semantics, really.
"fawiT, Gug&g, tSagZil-a-Gariz, waj min DidZejsat wazid..."
"Soft, driven, slow and mad, like some new language..."