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14972Re: [ANE-2] "The Biradical Origin of Semitic Roots"

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  • Brian Colless
    Jul 9, 2013
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      I had a Hebrew teacher who played with this idea. He pointed me to KRT and KTB,

      This set of examples is one I have assembled, and it seems to extend beyond Afrasian:

      KT/QT. = 'cut'
      KTB 'inscribe'; KRT 'cut'
      QT.B 'cut down'; QT.N 'small'; QT.L 'kill"

      Brian Colless
      Massey University, NZ

      On 10/07/2013, at 4:57 AM, Stewart Felker wrote:

      > I've come across a dissertation by a Bernice Varjick Hecker called "The
      > Biradical Origin of Semitic Roots" (University of Texas at Austin, 2007) -
      > supervised by Robert D. King (whose main area of expertise seems to be
      > languages of the medieval period).
      > It argues: "1) that all the words in the first language spoken by the
      > Semitic peoples consisted of biradicals; 2) that the majority of the
      > postulated biradicals entered the Semitic languages after being expanded by
      > the addition of a third radical, with the resulting triradical having a
      > semantic relation to the original biradical."
      > This seems extremely controversial - I want to say 'indefensible'
      > (especially the first part); but I'm honestly not skilled enough in Semitic
      > linguistics to really pinpoint exactly why. I also don't understand how
      > there's not a contradiction between 2) and 1), in the way that he writes
      > it.
      > Other dubious things include the bibliography only having about 50 works.
      > Anyone familiar with this, or have any thoughts?
      > Stewart Felker,
      > University of Memphis
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