RESOURCES FOR LEARNING GE'EZ: THE CLASSICAL LANGUAGE OF ETHIOPIA

RESOURCES FOR LEARNING GE'EZ-- THE CLASSICAL LANGUAGE OF ETHIOPIA

April 12, 2012

16: Verbs: Quadriliterals - Perfective


The fourth category of verbs are those which have four (quadriliteral) or sometimes five (quinquiliteral) root consonants. These are fairly common in Ge’ez and the form itself has no particular meaning / effect. Quadriliteral verbs often emerge from borrowed terms from other languages. For instance, the verb መንኰሰ (menkʷese) "to become a monk, to retreat into asceticism" probably came from the Greek term μοναχός (monakhos) "solitary".


መንኰሰ [menkʷese = to become a monk] – Q-stem, Perfect

SINGULAR
PLURAL
1st Person
መንኰስ
menkʷesku
መንኰስክነ
menkʷeskne
2nd Person
መንኰስ
menkʷesk(m.)
መንኰስክሙ
menkʷeskəmu (m.)
መንኰስ
menkʷeski (f.)
መንኰስክን
menkʷeskə(f.)
3rd Person
መንኰ
menkʷese(m.)
መንኰ
menkʷesu (m.)
መንኰሰት
menkʷeset(f.)
መንኰ
menkʷesa (f.)

2 comments:

  1. Very glad to see that you're adding more to the blog!!! This is a very useful resource!

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    1. Great! I'm glad this is of use to you. I'm planning to upload a new set of blog entries soon (next up: adjectives and adjectival constructions. Fun times.)

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