bingfu Lu lubingfu at YAHOO.COM
Mon Feb 1 21:21:20 UTC 2010

It is not directly related, but follows the same patter of semantic shift.
Chinese "hear” (ting) has an extended meaning "follow, obey".  For, example,
wo ting ni-de
I    hear your's
"I will follow what you said/ I obey you".

Bingfu Lu

--- On Mon, 2/1/10, Eitan Grossman <eitan.grossman at MAIL.HUJI.AC.IL> wrote:

From: Eitan Grossman <eitan.grossman at MAIL.HUJI.AC.IL>
Subject: hear
Date: Monday, February 1, 2010, 1:04 PM

Dear Nino,

Another example would be Ancient Egyptian, with the verb sDm 'to hear.' In Biblical Hebrew, one finds 'hear' for 'understand' (e.g. Gen 11:7; 41:15, 42:3). In the case of Hebrew, it seems to be limited to understanding a language or in one case, a dream, and the examples appear to be few.


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