Biblical Hebrew “Roots”

This quote from Lambdin struck me years ago when I first read it, and I just came across it again. I thought it was good to remind myself of this:

Note that the root is a grammatical abstraction from the given words and not vice versa; that is, because a root has no existence apart from its incorporation into words, it leads to misunderstanding the nature of language to say that the words are derived from the root.


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