բամ

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Old Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂- (to speak). Cognates include Ancient Greek φημί (phēmí, speak), Latin fārī (speak, talk; say), Old Church Slavonic баяти (bajati, tell, narrate) (Russian баять (bajatʹ)). Related to բամբաս (bambas), բայ (bay), բառ (baṙ), բան (ban), բանկն (bankn), բարբառ (barbaṙ).

Verb[edit]

բամ (bam)

  1. to speak, to say

Conjugation[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • Only the forms shown in the conjugation table have survived in the competition with the verb ասեմ (asem), and these forms too are only rarely attested independently as verbs: usually they appear together with ասեմ (asem) as conjunctions.
  • The forms բամ (bam, I say), բաս (bas, you say), բայ (bay, he says) and the imperative բա (ba, say!) are used as conjunctions with the meaning of “that”, e.g. ասաց բայ գայ եւ ահա եկն (asacʿ bay gay ew aha ekn, he said that he will come and he came).

Conjunction[edit]

բամ (bam)

  1. that
    ասացի բամ...asacʿi bam... ― I said that...

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • բալ in Hračʿeay Ačaṙean (1971–79), Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words], in 4 vols (second edition), Yerevan: Yerevan State University
  • բամ in Mathias Bedrossian (1879), New Dictionary Armenian–English, Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • Hrach Martirosyan (2010), Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, ISBN 9789004173378, page 164