|From:||Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, July 4, 1999, 17:14|
On Sun, 4 Jul 1999 11:56:40 +0300 Dan Sulani
> 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
>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.)
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.
_hatirdof na`arut ahhar hhamishim? veyamekha lehit`ofeif hhamushim!_
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