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Re: mSr & Arabic roots [Was: Re: New To List]

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Thursday, February 13, 2003, 4:21
On Wed, 12 Feb 2003 13:03:33 +0000 Stephen Mulraney
<ataltanie@...> writes:
> Interesting: Do Semitic roots undergo such drift? They are never > pronounced themselves, but such a change might make itself known in > the words derived from it. OTOH, if ancient roots are continuously > referred to when coining new words, it might impart an unusual > degree > of stability on the phonology. Anyway, new roots seem to be added > occasionally, or at least borrowings such as "television" (in > Arabic) > seem to be conceived as deriving from a root like t-l-f-z-y-n or > thereabouts. > s.
- From what i've seen, Semitic roots drift along with general soundshifts in their languages. So for instance, the root for "return" is HhZR /Hzr/ in Hebrew and HDR /hdr/ in Aramaic, because Proto-Semitic /D/ (edh) merged with /z/ in one and /d/ in the other. I'm not sure about the relationship between the /H/ and /h/, though. Hebrew has created new roots: (many of which are quadriliteral) 2RGN /?rgn/ = "to organize" |le'argein|, "organization" |irgun| TtLVZ /t.lvz/ = "to televize" |letalveiz| (from |televizya| "television") -Stephen (Steg) "The Rat's Ass shall be given unto thee on many occasions - but yea, none of them this day." ~ matidjahu