[b-hebrew] Psa 107:19-21 (was WAYYIQTOL)
dwashbur at nyx.net
Sat Mar 13 11:38:23 EST 2004
On Saturday 13 March 2004 06:24, B. M. Rocine wrote:
> For years now--can you believe how time flies?-- this has been a difficult
> feature of your model for me to swallow: that a wayyiqtol that you alledge
> to be imperfective is used most often in a context that features the
> advance of time. In my understanding of aspect, the advance of time would
> favor, if not require, a perfective form. But I may be understanding you.
> Let me see if I can explain, in your view, how an imperfective form can be
> used in a passage where story time advances.
> Wayyiqtol refers to a situation that obtains (essentially saying that it
> begins) but the verb form doesn't by itself indicate anything about the
> situation's completion. The verb form leaves, in and of itself, the
> situation open on the anterior end, because it is imperfective. Then, in a
> text, along comes the next wayyiqtol, a new beginning. A new beginning
> usually (but not necessarily) *implies* the ending of the previous
> situation. IOW, one situation is now usually *inferred* to be complete
> simply because a new one has obtained or begun.
> This view of wayyiqtol seems rather like that of S.R. Driver, no?
It actually sounds to me more like Galia Hatav's view that wayyiqtol advances
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