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On Jan 7, 2007, at 10:17 PM, JS Bangs wrote:

> Hello, everyone. I've been lurking for a while, but I'm surfacing
> because I want to know if anyone knows of a good online list of
> Arabic, Hebrew, or other Semitic roots. I'm preparing Anmur for
> participation in the current translation relay, and since it has a
> Semitic-like morphology, I was hoping to use a list of roots from a
> Semitic language to jump-start the vocabulary. Mostly I'm hoping on
> using the *meanings*, since I'm giong to randomly generate root forms
> according to Anmurian rules to match the meanings.
>
> So far I haven't found anything really usable. The best list I've
> found for Arabic is at http://www.studyquran.co.uk/PRLonline.htm, but
> its format is not easily altered for input to a Perl script, and many
> of the roots listed don't have meanings given, just a list of
> references from the Koran. Anybody have any better ideas?

There's http://www.bartleby.com/61/Sroots.html . It's all HTML, but  
it seems like it should be possible to write a script to follow the  
links from the index and strip out the HTML on the resulting pages.  
Another downside is that it only lists roots which have made it into  
English words.