Lectures on the Comparative Grammar of the Semitic Languages; From the Papers of the Late William Wright

Lectures on the Comparative Grammar of the Semitic Languages; From the Papers of the Late William Wright

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...explains the n as a remnant of the old-I Tanwin, jg 'Egl ere, and so fortl'i. 7 / Heb. l_1Q, Arab. In modern Syriac there are similar forms, though of course more or less corrupted. Such are: R'! 8, with another form eni, which is, strictly speaking, rogative has wholly disappeared, just as in the modern Syriac should mention the Mandaitic forms 8'Jl'2NH and 1J)JR, '1, probably standing for 'htij and 'NU, e.g. 115(7''l'l"l WJDNH3 "in which will ye cross over?" 1,1 1JbN, ' N47"! R'Dfi1J "which (of them) is my throne?" Another interrogative pronoun in the Semitic languages is that which is characterised by the initial letter m. Its oldest forms appear to me to be man for the masc., and mant for the fem.; but in practice man is used as the interrogation for persons of both sexes, "who?" whilst mant is employed in speaking of things, "what?" In Ethiopic we actually find these oldest forms in use; W5-: mtinit, acc. W11: mtina, "who?" and t@"z;l" mtfnt, acc. t(r)"1"l" me"nttz, "what?" The Himyar. form is also '73, but more usually 3, with the substitution of I for D. In Arabic we have ordinarily Us man for persons, but a distinction of gender is made in the rare case of the word standing alone, when it is fully inflected, the masc. sing. being mann, and the fem. tjco manah (with aspirated h, O / 7' 0 0 / for c;, ., 'c, ) and sometimes mant. The Assyrian forms are said to be manntt or manzt and man, which last is identical with the Aramaic IQ, Hence arise in the Aramaic dialects, by vowel in the former case is due to the influence of the labial m; in the latter, it is the natural.show more

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