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Talk:Swadesh list for Semitic languages

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Some remarks about the table I'm creating:

  1. I am not sure that Arabic and Hebrew should populate the same table. I wouldn't mind it too much, but if someone find a good reason for separation, I'm willing to do it.
  2. Both Hebrew and Arabic have a system of vowel diacritics that is not used in regular texts, but is part of the language (Niqqud in Hebrew, Tashkil or Harakat in Arabic). It is used in poetry and religious scripts, but can also be partially used to disambiguate words. Think of it as using the French accents very freely, so that été ("summer") would appear as ete, éte, eté or été according to the nature of the text and possible ambiguities.
  3. Tiberian Hebrew is Biblical Hebrew as recorded in the most widespread and detailed version of the Hebrew Bible (done in Tiberias in the 8th century). The Ethnologue refers to it as Ancient Hebrew with the code HBO. Some words are used mainly in Biblical Hebrew, and their use in Modern Hebrew is rather flowery. The again we might want to regard it as part of the Hebrew language as a whole.
  4. Both Hebrew and Arabic have very rich morphology. For the nouns I put here only the singular (nominative) form, and for adjectives the male singular (nominative) form. For verbs I put the perfect (past), singular, masculine, 3rd person form, which is the least marked morphologically. For other parts of speech I put all inflections of the singular forms, but for the time being I disregard the plural (or dual) forms. DrorK 23:56, 11 August 2006 (CEST)

Copy from en:wiktionary[edit]

I could easily copy the wikt:Appendix:Afro-Asiatic_Swadesh_lists from en:wiktionary. That includes both Arabic and Hebrew languages. Would this be a good idea? HenkvD 00:35, 12 August 2006 (CEST)

I copied the list, if it is not OK: just revert it. HenkvD 01:12, 12 August 2006 (CEST)
You saved me a lot of work. Thanks :-) DrorK 13:03, 12 August 2006 (CEST)
I still need the non-vowelized version columns for Hebrew and Arabic. Could you put these two columns back? I am so slow in editing tables. DrorK 15:10, 12 August 2006 (CEST)
Done. HenkvD 17:22, 12 August 2006 (CEST)