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Re: OT: Another analytic question

From:kcasada <kcasada@...>
Date:Thursday, January 13, 2005, 14:10
"KTB" is actually the Arabic root for "to write." "Book" is "kitaab," with a
long second vowel; its plural is "kutub."
>Also of interest: kitabu, book, is an Arabic loan word from "ktb"(?), >to read. I am more familiar with the Hebrew triphonetic stem. There >is a class of ki- nouns in Swahili which take the plural in vi-: >kisu, knife; visu, knives. Kitabu is treated as a ki- class noun >with the plural vitabu, books!!!! > >Charlie >