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The main line of a biblical Hebrew narrative and what to do with two perfective grams
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4667-548X
2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the Oslo–Austin Workshop in Semitic Linguistics, Oslo, May 23 and 24, 2013 / [ed] Lutz Edzard and John Huehnergard, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2014, 73-94 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The interplay between a perfective storyline wayyiqtol and a perfective qatal in biblical Hebrew narrative prose is compared with Talmy Givón’s notions of ‘vivid perfective’ and ‘remote perfective’. It is suggested that a digression to a qatal clause (more precisely we-x-qatal) codes off-line information in relation to the storyline. This type of narration technique has its roots in an oral society with recitation before a listening audience. It has many affinities with spontaneous oral discourse.

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Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2014. 73-94 p.
, Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, ISSN 0567-4980 ; 88
Keyword [en]
narrativity, main line, storyline, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
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Specific Languages
Research subject
Semitic Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-232495ISBN: 978-3-447-10227-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-232495DiVA: diva2:748445
Swedish Research Council, 2009-2197
Available from: 2014-09-19 Created: 2014-09-19 Last updated: 2014-09-19

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