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Defective Verbs
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Defective (or weak) verbs are verbs that contain a radical which does not show up in part or all of the inflection. Strong roots, with their three permanent radicals, constitute the norm against which the defective features of weak roots are compared. Hebrew roots are divided into strong and weak inflectional classes called גזרות gzarot ‘root classes’ in Hebrew. The Semitic classification of weak versus strong verbs should not be confused with the Indo-Europea…

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Schwarzwald, Ora (Rodrigue), “Defective Verbs”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000755>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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