As is well known, one of the functions of the form qatal in Northwest Semitic languages is to serve as the plural base for the form qatl. The form began to take over that function in these languages by the middle of the second millennium B.C.E. It is possible to observe this phenomenon in Ugaritic as well. However, it would appear that the process had not been uniformly carried out. Alongside the instances where the use of qatal as the plural base for qatl words is attested, there are qatl words which still use qatl for their plural, i.e. r'išt, napkūma, ǵamrūma, etc.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Notes on the Use of the Form QATAL as the Plural Base of the Form QATL in Ugaritic
|Number of pages
|לשוננו: כתב-עת לחקר הלשון העברית והתחומים הסמוכים לה
|Published - 1990