At 7:06 pm -0400 26/4/99, Steg Belsky wrote: >Just wondering....what is "apophony"? I was glancing at a book on the >history of Hebrew today (a different one than before) and it said that >the Semitic "broken plurals" are considered by some to have something to >do with apophony. But it didn't explain what apophony is, and none of >the dictionaries i looked at had it. > >So...what is it? A good question! So where are the answers I and, I'm darn sure, Steg were looking forward to reading?? I've met this word in connexion with Semitic broken purals and, searching the web in vain today for the _meaning_, I found it in an article about "Proto-Nostratic"! All very obscure. Like Steg, I can't find the word in any dictionaries - not even on limguistics! And Greek is little help. I find in Classical Greek merely the verb, used as a legal term, 'aphpho:neo:' "I depose in evidence". Doesn't seem to have much to do with broken plurals! So come on - one of you professional linguists must surely know the answer. Can't you help us amateurs ;) Ray.