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Clause combining in the Song of Moses (Deuteronomy 32:1–43): An example of archaic Biblical Hebrew syntax
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4667-548X
2017 (English)In: Advances in Biblical Hebrew Linguistics: Data, methods, and analyses / [ed] Adina Moshavi and Tania Notarius, Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2017, p. 233-269Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Song of Moses has been analyzed with a theory of clause combining worked out for the verbal system of Biblical Hebrew (Isaksson 2015a). One of the main tenets in the theory is that clauses are combined in semantic relations, and that “switches” of grams and clause types supply the text with meaning and structure. Another tenet is that the partial loss of the morphological distinction between the VprefS and the VprefL grams was handled by a restriction of word order, in that VprefS verbs were placed in initial position in affirmative clauses, whereas VprefL verbs were used in clauses of the “X-VprefL” type (where X may also be a negation: lō or bal). A third tenet is that the conjunction we/wa basically marks a clause as an addition (related to a previous clause). VprefA (cohortative) clauses on the other hand exhibit a free word order, and the long -å̄ ending is facultative. These tenets have been applied to the archaic poetry of the Song of Moses, and the text has turned out to be communicatively successful.

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Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2017. p. 233-269
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Linguistic studies in ancient West Semitic ; 12
Keywords [en]
Hebrew linguistics, Archaic Hebrew, Hebrew poetry
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Semitic Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-328329ISBN: 9781575064819 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-328329DiVA, id: diva2:1134935
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Clause Combining in SemiticAvailable from: 2017-08-21 Created: 2017-08-21 Last updated: 2018-01-13

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