it might he passible to posit that, while *s was generally lost in the early Iranian cluster *-ss- it survived in 0110 manner or another as 'x in the triconsonantal
sequence We have posited above (axsan < *tssam < *tksom), but this approach seems contrived.
Arabic is a good example, for a general area of meaning is associated with a triconsonantal
root shared by large numbers of words, e.
Specifically, we showed that (at least) most initial bi- and triconsonantal
cluster assonances in English monosyllables were semantically coherent--in the same sense that classifier systems are--to a degree (typically 70%) far beyond chance, and that rimes were also coherent, though to a lesser degree.
It should be noted that the root of the word, "wither" (which is what happens to the plant) is the same triconsonantal
root (y-b-sh) as the word for "dry land" (Hebrew: yabashah), which the God of Heaven has made, thus underlining the circumstance that God has acted to dry up the plant to teach Jonah a lesson.
Biconsonantal Roots and Triconsonantal
Root Variation in Semitic: Solutions and Prospects.
As in other Semitic languages, the majority of verbs are built upon a triconsonantal
root, each of which may yield one or more of six verbal stems: the G-stem or basic stem, the D-stem or transitivizing-denominative verbal stem, the C-stem or causative verbal stem, and the tG-, tD-, and tC-stems, to which a derivational morpheme, t-, was prefixed before the first root consonant.
In the present volume, Bohas and Dat summarize arguments previously brought forth against an original triconsonantal
root, of which I will mention the most significant in the following paragraphs.
Although mu'amara 'conspiracy' occurs after amr 'order' and is listed under its triconsonantal
root 'mr 'command', we also note the inconsistency that 'a'ada 'repeat' is under 'alif rather than under its triconsonantal
As has been pointed out by Andrzej Zaborski with whom I am in firm agreement: "Many of Ehret's comparisons are unacceptable since his semantic method is quite uncritical in many cases" ("Biconsonantal Roots and Triconsonantal
Root Variation in Semitic: Solutions and Prospects," in Semitic Studies in Honor of Wolf Leslau on the Occasion of his Eighty-Fifth Birthday, ed.
Appleyard in a commentary on Wolf Leslau's Ethiopian Argots (The Hague: Mouton, 1964) examines some examples of the distorted speech of Gojjami minstrels: warrada "descend" [right arrow] warannada and raggama "curse" [right arrow] ranaggama, concluding that native speakers are certainly linguistically aware of a triconsonantal
3]tum), and that, in the course of the evolution of the early "pre-Akkadian" language into the documented, historical language, an epenthesis took place which had the effect of disrupting the original triconsonantal
cluster through the insertion of an epenthetic vowel -i- (*pirst- > pirist-).
In order to break up a triconsonantal
cluster, both dialects insert epenthetic vowels in identical environments: Yemeni Arabic absart + -hum 'I saw them (in.