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Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/187666310X12688137960902 Brill's Annual of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics 2 (2010) 122 brill.nl/baall
 

Summary: © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/187666310X12688137960902
Brill's Annual of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics 2 (2010) 1­22 brill.nl/baall
An Introductory Note to Noam Agmon's
"Materials and Language" with Special Attention
to the Issue of Biliteral Roots*
Jean Lowenstamm
Université Paris-Diderot, CNRS
jean.lowenstamm@linguist.jussieu.fr
Abstract
Biliteral roots have been, and still are controversial. Because Noam Agmon's paper, to which
this note is an introduction, assumes the reality of biliteral roots, the issue is revisited. Several
important arguments in support of the biliterality of C1C2C2 and C1C1C2 verbs were put forth
in the course of the past thirty years. They are reviewed here, along with the criticisms they have
triggered. It is concluded that the evidence weighs in favor of recognizing synchronically active
biliteral roots subjected to templatic pressure. It is further suggested that a by-product of Agmon's
study and findings is a time frame for the emergence of templatic morphology in the Middle East.
Keywords
biliteral and triliteral roots; deaf verbs; templates; OCP; Arabic; Aramaic; Ethiopic; Chaha
Pour Monette Beserman
0. Preamble

  

Source: Agmon, Noam - Institute of Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

Collections: Chemistry