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From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Sunday, July 4, 1999, 17:14
On Sun, 4 Jul 1999 11:56:40 +0300 Dan Sulani
<dnsulani@...> writes:
> Yes, I know: it was lousy fieldwork! :-( >Although not an excuse, at least an explanation for it: >The "interview" was being held in Hebrew, in which, as a Semitic lang, >the concept of "root" is very strong. If it isn't part of basic >speakers' >intuition, it certainly does get pounded in during school or Ulpan >(where speakers of other langs learn Hebrew). I didn't really want to >do a full fieldwork interview (first mistake) and thought that, >on the topic of roots I could "cheat" on proper procedure and >"cut right to the chase" (second mistake: even if my neighbor _did_ >understand the concept of roots in Hebrew, Georgian is not, to >my knowledge anyway, a Semitic lang and any roots there would be >of a different sort, obviously.)
>Dan Sulani
I read somewhere that until the linguistics-and-poetics revolution in Spain during the Middle-Ages, the concept that Semitic languages are based on triconsonantal roots wasn't known. -Stephen (Steg) _hatirdof na`arut ahhar hhamishim? veyamekha lehit`ofeif hhamushim!_ ___________________________________________________________________ Get the Internet just the way you want it. Free software, free e-mail, and free Internet access for a month! Try Juno Web: