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On the Derivation of Hebrew Forms with the + ut Suffix

On the Derivation of Hebrew Forms with the + ut Suffix Abstract: The productive class of Hebrew nouns with the + ut suffix is described and analyzed, with particular attention to the nature of the derivation process involved. The assumption prevalent in the literature, that + ut derivation is a linear process, unrelated to any particular discontiuous pattern ( miškal ), is shown to be inaccurate. Some realizations are indeed linearly derived; others could be interpreted as either linear or discontinuous; but it can also be demonstrated that a third group of sub-patterns with + ut is best described as discontinuous, following given miškalim . The main argument for that third cluster of patterns being non-concatenative is that had they been linear, unmotivated and/or ad hoc processes would have been required in order to generate them from related base stems. Just like + an formation, then, + ut formation illustrates how the two Hebrew word-formation strategies, the uniquely-Semitic discontinuous formation and the more universal linear device, have always coexisted alongside each other, and continue to operate productively side-by-side in modern Hebrew today. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hebrew Studies National Association of Professors of Hebrew

On the Derivation of Hebrew Forms with the + ut Suffix

Hebrew Studies , Volume 33 (1) – Oct 5, 1992

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Abstract

Abstract: The productive class of Hebrew nouns with the + ut suffix is described and analyzed, with particular attention to the nature of the derivation process involved. The assumption prevalent in the literature, that + ut derivation is a linear process, unrelated to any particular discontiuous pattern ( miškal ), is shown to be inaccurate. Some realizations are indeed linearly derived; others could be interpreted as either linear or discontinuous; but it can also be demonstrated that a third group of sub-patterns with + ut is best described as discontinuous, following given miškalim . The main argument for that third cluster of patterns being non-concatenative is that had they been linear, unmotivated and/or ad hoc processes would have been required in order to generate them from related base stems. Just like + an formation, then, + ut formation illustrates how the two Hebrew word-formation strategies, the uniquely-Semitic discontinuous formation and the more universal linear device, have always coexisted alongside each other, and continue to operate productively side-by-side in modern Hebrew today.

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Hebrew StudiesNational Association of Professors of Hebrew

Published: Oct 5, 1992

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