The Phonological Structure of the Verbal Roots in Arabic and Hebrew

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BRILL, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 325 pages
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This book contains an investigation of the co-occurrence between the consonants in the triliteral and quadriliteral verbal roots of Arabic and Hebrew. The consonants are grouped on the basis of Manner or of Place. Both co-occurrence restrictions and co-occurrence preferences of consonants and of consonant groups are described in detail. The statistical test for pronomial proportions is used in order to determine the statistical significance of the results. These results are compared to those of earlier work by other authors on this subject. The findings are explained within the framework of generative phonology. The methods used are described in detail and the book contains a wealth of tabulated material which can be of great use to other investigators.
 

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Contents

The verbal roots of Arabic and Hebrew
8
Earlier work on cooccurrence restrictions
25
Methodology used in this study
51
Cooccurrence preferences for verbal roots
80
Cooccurrence restrictions and cooccurrence
112
Theoretical implications
135
Summary
183
References
189
Explanation for the symbols in the tables
195
Index
326
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Bernard N. Bachra, Ph.D. (1955), in Biochemistry at the Municipal University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Ph.D. (1999) in Semitic Languages and Linguistics at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He has published several papers on the co-occurrence relationships of the consonants in the verbal roots of Arabic and Hebrew.