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Re: Arabic

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From: Brian Eric Farnell <bfarnell@xxxxxxx>
To: Voynich List <voynich@xxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, September 01, 2000 10:26 AM
Subject: Arabic
>  I was told that
> future tense could be expressed 'if Allah wills it'.  I don't
> really know much about Arabic except the complaints I heard from
> people who started adding 'humdilluh' to every English phrase as
> a joke.  Does anyone out there know enough about Arabic to tell
> me if this is a valid idea?  Are there any similar things in
> other languages?
> Regards,
> Brian

    I'm not an Arabic linguist and thus can't vouch for the above, although
it is quite interesting. However, there are an awful lot of Gallows in the

    On a side note in regards to Arabic, I've got an old instructional book
that says you add the prefix 'sa' to an imperfect verb to gain future tense
(incidentally, that is only an 's' that you add when writing). Looking at
the verbs in the book though raises another possibility for the 'q' in 'qo'
words that are normal VMS words without the 'q' prefix:
                Perfect Verbs
Imperfect Verbs
type    Pattern  Example(Written/Spoken)        Pattern
I       CaCVCa      sdr/shadara                        yaCCVCu
II      CaCCaCa    srH/sharraHa                     yuCaCCiCu
III     CaaCaCa     gadr/ghaadara                    yuCaaCiCu
V      taCaCCaCa tHdt/taHaddatha                yataCaCCaCu
X      istaCCaCa    istgrq/istaghraqa                yastaCCiCu

   So, oteedy and qoteedy? o = Ca  tee = CCa d= Ca  [y=?]   and q = ya/yu

Does this work with Jorge's OKOKO paradigm?

    John Grove