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  • Vincent Broman
    ... The two words are not cognate dialectal variants, like QALATTA and QALASSA, their etymologies are separate. Also, their meanings differ, in that PTWMA is
    Message 1 of 1714 , Jul 17 9:45 AM
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      mirkova1@... asked:
      > What is the linguistic evidence to say that, in Alexandria and
      > Egypt, the preffered word for a dead body was SWMA, while in Antioch and
      > Syria it was PTWMA?

      The two words are not cognate dialectal variants, like QALATTA and QALASSA,
      their etymologies are separate. Also, their meanings differ, in that
      PTWMA is a "fallen", dead body, while SWMA is not a dead body unless
      context or attached adjectives make it so.

      The information in Bauer makes it look like there are authors that use
      both words. Bauer attributes the variant readings interchanging SWMA/PTWMA
      to a scribe's stylistic preference, because SWMA is more "dignified".

      The distribution of the witnesses for PTWMA/SWMA cohere geographically
      because _text_types_ have some geographical coherence, but without
      further evidence it would be hard to infer a dialectal preference.
      There are some word pairs like GAMISKW/GAMIZW and APANTHSAI/UPANTHSAI
      (if memory hasn't failed me) that do vary consistently according
      to text type and which look more like dialectal preferences.
      Anyone know other examples?

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    • Julian Goldberg
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      Message 1714 of 1714 , Feb 4, 1997
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