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Thought this might interest you. It's all correct, attested by a native
speaker (tm), but apparently, my sample of verbs is a little out of
date. More as it happens.

ps, sorrty you can't see the graphics. Its just a pair of Maltese flags
and some nice wallpaper.

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Fabian



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Subject: semitic roots


> does anyone know a url where i could find a list of arabic or other
semitic
> natlangs' triliteral roots ?
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> mathias
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<TR><TD>present tense</TD>      <TD>singular</TD>       <TD>plural</TD><TD =
ROWSPAN=3D15>&nbsp;</TD></TR>
<TR><TD>1st</TD>                <TD>jien inMATBEL</TD>  <TD>a&#295;na =
inMATBLu</TD></TR>
<TR><TD>2nd</TD>                <TD>int tMATBEL</TD>    <TD>intom tMATBLu</TD></TR>
<TR><TD>3rd masc</TD>           <TD>hu iMATBEL</TD>     <TD>huma iMATBLu</TD></TR>
<TR><TD>3rd fem</TD>            <TD>hi tMATBEL</TD>     <TD>&nbsp;</TD></TR>
<TR><TD COLSPAN=3D3>&nbsp;</TD></TR>
<TR><TD>past tense</TD>         <TD>singular</TD>       <TD>plural</TD></TR>
<TR><TD>1st</TD>                <TD>jien MATBELt</TD>   <TD>a&#295;na MATBELna</TD></TR>
<TR><TD>2nd</TD>                <TD>int MATBELt</TD>    <TD>intom MATBELtu</TD></TR>
<TR><TD>3rd masc</TD>           <TD>hu MATBEL</TD>      <TD>huma MATBLu</TD></TR>
<TR><TD>3rd fem</TD>            <TD>hi MATBLet</TD>     <TD>&nbsp;</TD></TR>
<TR><TD COLSPAN=3D3>&nbsp;</TD></TR>
<TR><TD>imperative</TD>         <TD>singular</TD>       <TD>plural</TD></TR>
<TR><TD>2nd</TD>                <TD>MATBEL</TD>         <TD>MATBLu</TD></TR>
<TR><TD COLSPAN=3D3>&nbsp;</TD></TR>
<TR><TD>participles</TD>        <TD>masculine</TD>      <TD>feminine</TD>       =
<TD>plural</TD></TR>
<TR><TD>past</TD>               <TD>imMATBEL</TD>       <TD>imMATBELa</TD>      =
<TD>imMATBELin</TD></TR>
<TR><TD>present</TD>            <TD>tMATBiK</TD>        <TD>tMATBiKa</TD>       =
<TD>tMATBiKiet</TD></TR>
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<P>The quadrilateral verb  consists of four consonants and two vowels. =
The letters always follow the pattern MATBEL, where
the letters M, T, B, L stand for the consonants of the word, and the =
letters E and E for the vowels. This pattern of verb
inflects according to the table to the left.</P>

<UL>
<LI>In the present tense, the prefix "t-" will assimilate with a =
following sun letter, resulting in a doubled sun letter.
<LI>In the present tense, the prefix "in-" becomes "n-" if the word is =
preceded by a vowel. It is written out in full for
        the plural form for clarity, but with the pronoun, that would normally =
be a simple "n-".
<LI>In the present participle, the prefix "t-" will dissapear entirely =
if it is followed by a sun letter.
<LI>The masculine present participle indicates the act as a general =
concept. The feminine indicates a single such act, and
        the plural present participle indicates more than one such act. For =
example, "twer&#380;iq / twer&#380;iqa /
        twer&#380;iqiet" translates as "screaming / a scream / (several) =
screams".
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<PRE>
bandal          he swung
&#267;ar&#267;ar          he spilt
dardar          he liquefied ; it upset (the stomach)
farfar          he shook off (the dust)
&#295;arbat          he routed
ka&#380;bar          he reviled
qa&#295;qa&#295;          he hacked

&#295;awtel          he was diligent ; he was hard-working
qarme&#267;          he crunched

&#267;empel          he rang
dendel          he hung
gerbeb          he rolled
kexkex          he shocked
petpet          he blinked
temtem          he stuttered
xeblek          he twined
xengel          he swung

fesdaq          he shelled (some peas)
tertaq          he shattered
wer&#380;aq          he screamed

bixkel          he cheated
fixkel          he obstructed
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