Studies in Aramaic Lexicography I

  title={Studies in Aramaic Lexicography I},
  author={J. C. Greenfield},
  journal={Journal of the American Oriental Society},
1. g4dc IT HAS BECOME virtually axiomatic in comparative Semitic lexicography to consider Aramaic g~k "to laugh at, deride" as derived somehow from PS *dhk even though this equation goes against all the normally assumed phonetic developments in Semitic. The explanations given for this unusual phenomenon usually imply that some sort of dissimilation has taken place. Brockelmann, who is usually cited, considered the /g/ to be dissimilated from /d/ because of the proximity of a /1A/. He even… Expand