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Re: about semitic morphology

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Saturday, June 15, 2002, 18:28
Balazs Sudar writes:
 > Hi all!
 > I have a question about the triconsonantal system. Do this languages have an unchanging
 > form for nouns, or are all different, only the three consonants of an idea must be
 > unchanged in different words?
 > An example:
 > the root for writing is: M G D  for living  D R B
 > the noun "writing" is   "megid"
 > That means:
 > should the noun for "loving" be "derib"???? Or there is no rule that all same function words
 > must have the same form?

There are many people here who know more about semitac languages than
I do, but yes, if they're both regular, the forms will be the same.
You might find this page about the Arabic verb interesting.

Note, though, that it's my impression that most Semitic languages have
many irregular conjugations of roots.