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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@...> > wrote: >> Highly intriguing. An added note about Semitic morphology (or at >> least >> 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 >> Middle >> Egyptian. That could add another wrinkle. > > Reduplication seems to be a common device in (mostly) isolating > languages. > Even in English, one can tell a distinction between "the big cat" and > "the > 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 > marker(s)) > 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. -Stephen (Steg) "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