Re: Evolutionary Sequence
|From:||Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>|
|Date:||Monday, January 19, 2004, 12:13|
On Thursday, January 15, 2004, at 09:18 PM, Rob Haden wrote:
> On Thu, 15 Jan 2004 12:33:04 EST, David Peterson <ThatBlueCat@...>
>> Highly intriguing. An added note about Semitic morphology (or at
>> Arabic), is that many of the roots used to be biconsonantal, and
> reduplication was
>> a *big* thing in the older (i.e., no longer existing) languages, like
>> Egyptian. That could add another wrinkle.
> Reduplication seems to be a common device in (mostly) isolating
> Even in English, one can tell a distinction between "the big cat" and
> big big cat" -- the latter has a more intensive connotation to it.
> Reduplication seems to serve the following functions:
> 1. Intensive connotation (verbs and adjectives or qualitative nouns)
> 2. Iterative connotation (verbs)
> 3. Plural connotation (in languages that have no grammatical plural
> 4. Collective connotation (" ")
> - Rob
In Hebrew it's used for diminutive:
qatan (small) > qatantan (tiny)
yaroq (green) > yeraqraq (greenish)
But I don't think it's very productive in Modern Hebrew.
"laqahhti maqlo shel ish `iveir
veta`amti hapri shegadal began `eiden
keshe'eitzei' mikan lo' ematzei' asham
akh hata`am befi `od nis'ar, `od nish'ar"
~ '`eiden' mei'eit guster