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Generally speaking, mimation refers to the consonantal element -m which follows the vocalic case markers in unbound forms in various Semitic languages (Moscati 1964:96–99; Diem 1975; Lipiński 2001:279–280). It is usually assumed that this reflects the situation in Proto-Semitic, hence the respective endings are reconstructed as *-um (nominative), *-im (genitive), and *-am (accusative) in the singular, whereas the dual and plural markers originally contained an -n- (Nunation) followed by another short vowel. Since it has no clearly identifiable function of its …

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Gzella, Holger, “Mimation”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 24 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000334>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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