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The textlinguistics of the Suffering Servant: Subordinate structures in Isaiah 52,13-53,12
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
2011 (English)In: En pāsē grammatikē kai sophiā: Saggi di linguistica ebraica in onore di Alviero Niccacci, ofm / [ed] Geiger, Gregor, Milano: Editioni Terra Santa , 2011, 173-212 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

On the basis of the latest research on the Central Semitic verbal system and on the concept of circumstantial subordination the prophecy on YHWH’s Suffering Servant is analysed with a focus on the subordinate clausal relations in the text. Biblical Hebrew text syntax is full of ‘tense’-switches. The article shows that switches between different types of clauses signal hierarchical clausal relations that guide the listener from storyline and prophetic main line to attendant circumstances, through final, temporal, consecutive, comparative and causal qualifying clauses. This hierarchy is most often coded without specific subordinating conjunctions. It is an oral economy of the text where clauses are hypotactically or paratactically ordered with textual signals that were immediately perceivable to the attentive contemporary receivers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Milano: Editioni Terra Santa , 2011. 173-212 p.
, Collana Analecta: Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, 78
Keyword [en]
clause linking; Hebrew; textlinguistics
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Semitic Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-160813ISBN: 978-88-6240-129-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-160813DiVA: diva2:453110
Circumstantial Clause Combining in Semitic
Available from: 2011-11-01 Created: 2011-11-01 Last updated: 2011-11-14Bibliographically approved

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