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Re: Strange Hebrew plurals

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Sunday, August 22, 2004, 1:34
On Aug 21, 2004, at 4:42 PM, David H wrote:
> Are there any segolate nouns with more than 2 syllables? If so, how are > these treated when forming the plural? > Also, in these patterns, what do the second ones mean? > (e.g: < C1 [a] C2 C3 )
> C1 [E] C2 [E] C3 ( < C1 [a] C2 C3 ) > C1 [o] C2 [E] C3 ( < C1 [u] C2 C3 ) > C1 [e] C2 [E] C3 ( < C1 [i] C2 C3 ) > Thanks
There are no true segolate nouns that don't fit either of the three patterns above. The definition of a 'segolate' is a noun whose original form was CVCC, with a short vowel, but then in Hebrew developed a _segol_, i.e. the vowel [E], separating the second and third consonants. For instance, a word that fits the first pattern above is _melekh_ (king), /mElEk/, which seems to derive from an original /malk/. Second pattern example: _qodesh_ /k>odES/, from /k>udS/ (compare Arabic /quds/, with the same meaning (holiness). Third pattern example: _seifer_ /sepEr/, from /sipr/. -Stephen (Steg) "sorry i'm not home right now i'm walking into spiderwebs so leave a message and i'll call you back" ~ 'spiderwebs' by no doubt