Theme Vowels and Preterites
churchh at usa.net
Mon Jul 17 11:26:59 EDT 2000
> Subject: Theme Vowels and Preterites
> From: "Joseph Brian Tucker" <music at riverviewcog.org>
> Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 11:51:28
> Could someone respond to Rainey's "The Ancient Hebrew Prefix
> Conjugation in the Light of Amarnah Canaanite." _Hebrew Studies_
> 27:1986. He argues that the imperfect uses the nun-form and the
> preterite uses the non-nun form. Are these valid conclusions?
I don't know the Amarna letter evidence directly, but this is
certainly compatible with Classical Arabic, in which verbs have -uuna
endings in the imperfect (e.g. yaqtuluuna), but -uu endings in the
jussive (e.g. yaqtuluu) -- including the notorious lam + "jussive"
construction (mentioned in my last posting) which is actually
historically a preterite.
> Is a Tsere a theme vowel for a preterite?
Not sure exactly what you mean; the Hebrew WAYYIQTOL is not usually
called a "preterite", and early Canaanite is not usually spoken of as
having _s.ere_ vowels. There are WAYYIQTOL forms with _s.ere_ vowels,
such as wayyelekh.
Henry Churchyard churchh at usa.net http://www.crossmyt.com/hc/
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