LINGUIST List 10.1222

Fri Aug 20 1999

Qs: Hebrew Diminutives, Syllabus Recommendations

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  1. pete-carole_unseth, Hebrew diminutives
  2. Wendy D. Bokhorst-Heng, Syllabus recommendations requested

Message 1: Hebrew diminutives

Date: Fri, 20 Aug 1999 07:13:54 -0400
From: pete-carole_unseth <>
Subject: Hebrew diminutives

Hebrew diminutives
I am studying a reduplication pattern in Semitic languages, the 
reduplication pattern that some scholars call quinquiliteral, 
qataltal, qitiltil, abcbc, etc. In Biblical Herbrew, this was used 
for a variety of uses. In Modern Hebrew, this pattern is commonly 
used to mark diminutive forms, something not done in Biblical 
Hebrew. This is illustrated below:
 gloss stem diminiutive dim. gloss 
 'dog' keleb klablab 'puppy' 
 'cat' xatul xataltul/xataltal 'kitten' 
 'onion' basal bsalsul/bsalsal 'small onion' 
 'tail' zanav znavnav 'small tail' 
When did the use of this reduplication pattern (qataltal) spread to
the diminutive function in Hebrew? Did it start with Modern Hebrew,
or did it begin during Rabinic Hebrew or some other period? Any
recommended sources? Any advice is welcome and will be gratefully
 Pete Unseth

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Message 2: Syllabus recommendations requested

Date: Fri, 20 Aug 1999 09:16:23 -0400
From: Wendy D. Bokhorst-Heng <>
Subject: Syllabus recommendations requested

I am currently putting together a course on Language, Education and
Development. I would be most grateful if anyone has suggestions for
books and articles, and any class projects/activities that worked
particularly well for this kind of a course.

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