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ARE RABBINICAL HEBREW FORMS LIKE hâyât ARCHAIC? / האם צורות נסתרת מעין הית שבלשון חכמים צורות קדומות הן?

יהושע בלאו and Joshua Blau
Lĕšonénu: A Journal for the Study of the Hebrew Language and Cognate Subjects / לשוננו: כתב-עת לחקר הלשון העברית והתחומים הסמוכים לה
Vol. מז‎, No. ב‎ (טבת ה'תשמ"ג), pp. 158-159
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24357589
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Abstract

Biblical Hebrew forms like 'âśât are rightly considered archaic, having later been replaced by 'âśetâ in context, 'âśâtâ in pause. In Rabbinical Hebrew (=RH), however, forms like 'âśât resulted from pausal apocopation of -â (a process influenced by the Aramaic ending -ât, as well as by the essential redundance of -â). As a common rule in RH, pausal forms superseded contextual features, yet in the very frequent verbs hâyâ "was", ḥâyâ "lived", the original distribution of contextual and pausal forms has been retained (insofar as later copyists refrained from substituting biblical forms for RH ones).

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