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Nunation refers to the addition of nun to a word, as either a suffix or an infix, in order to mark a specific grammatical category. For example, the Aramaic plural nominal suffix that corresponds to Hebrew ים- -īm, i.e., ין- -īn, involves nunation (whereas the Hebrew suffix involves Mimation). In a pre-biblical phase of the Hebrew verbal system it would seem that nunation had clear semantic value, but in Biblical Hebrew, its many uses remain ill understood.

1. Pre-Biblical Hebrew

Based on comparative ev…

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Robar, Elizabeth, “Nunation”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 28 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000162>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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