Denominal Verbs: Pre-Modern Hebrew
(2,782 words)

The question of whether or not the concept of the root is relevant to Modern Hebrew has been addressed in a number of articles in recent decades. Most scholars are of the opinion that, although roots are abstract and unpronounceable, they do exist in the speakers’ minds as well as in Modern Hebrew morphology (Schwarzwald [Rodrigue] 2000; 2009 and the references there). It is indeed quite obvious that, for example, the verbal noun שְׁמִירָה šmira ‘guarding, keeping’ and other nouns, whether they denote the result of the action of guarding or have an independent meaning, such as מִשְמָר mišmar

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Maman, Aharon, “Denominal Verbs: Pre-Modern Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 22 September 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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