The feminine endings *-ay and *-āy in Semitic and Berber

  title={The feminine endings *-ay and *-āy in Semitic and Berber},
  author={Marijn van Putten},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  pages={205 - 225}
  • Marijn van Putten
  • Published 28 March 2018
  • Linguistics
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
Abstract This paper examines the evidence for the marginal feminine endings *-ay- and *-āy- in Proto-Semitic, and the feminine endings *-e and *-a in Proto-Berber. Their similar formation (*CV̆CC-ay/āy), semantics (verbal abstracts, underived concrete feminine nouns) and plural morphology (replacement of the feminine suffix by a plural suffix with -w-) suggest that this feminine formation should be reconstructed to a shared ancestor which may be called Proto-Berbero-Semitic. 



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