ani/anoki YHWH, bryan
decaen at chass.utoronto.ca
Wed Mar 15 10:01:43 EST 2000
yes, bryan, that's what i was after. i was wondering if i was the only one
who saw the archaic dialect aspect there.
however, because ani/anoki can vary within a passage/dialect, there is
always the possibility of uniformity... so intradialect options reduce
pretty much to emphasis (anoki), syntax (there are generalizations here
IMHO), or sociolinguistics (revell's preferred option); stylistics maybe
so it's an empirical and open question, in any given case; possible
(1) variation in this phrase reflects diachronic shift anoki > ani
(2) different books/dialects may reflect the same usage as elsewhere
(3) ani/anoki variation yes, but still differences in usage between books
perhaps the null hypothesis ought to be something like (2), and the burden
would be on those who want to argue for dialect/usage differences. would
you agree about uniformity across the bible as the null hypothesis?
Dr Vincent DeCaen <decaen at chass.utoronto.ca>
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Hebrew Syntax Encoding Initiative, www.chass.utoronto.ca/~decaen/hsei/
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