[b-hebrew] Syriac ; was BH verbal system
jc.bhebrew at googlemail.com
Wed Feb 3 06:13:10 EST 2010
At this point David might jump on you and claim that this is a subjunctive,
a homonym that looks the same but isn't really a present perfect. In any
case, thanks for showing a good example which shows that temporal reference
is cancellable to all English verb forms.
2010/2/3 Randall Buth <randallbuth at gmail.com>
> >The issue at stake is
> the QATAL in Matthew 24:15 and its real force. I
> take it as future and you take it as
> "sujunctive." You have a point when you refer to
> the Greek text where we find a subjunctive,
> because the Peshitta is a translation of the New
> Testament. >
> Actually, as mentioned, the question is the language
> system itself versus use. The Syriac is
> certainly subordinate, everyone agrees. Its syntactic
> status renders it marginal for claims about 'time'
> constraints, or lack thereof.
> English can do something similar:
> "when he has done it, you will be happy."
> Eng. transitive perfects normally include
> '+past,+complete,+stative/cont.' components,
> but can be used subordinately in a future context.
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