[b-hebrew] Improving the quality of the content on this list!
garthgrenache at hotmail.com
Tue May 18 01:19:35 EDT 2010
Amen to all of that, Yitzhak!
Too much of that unscholarly garbage fills this list.
At times I find the garbage dominates.
It really puts me off sharing pearls on this list.
> Additionally, [moderators ought rather to cut off] threads and posts
> criticizing comparative linguistics as inappropriate
> to the understanding of Hebrew, whether entirely or just by degree ("too much
> use"). It is one thing to have a discussion of Biblical Hebrew on the basis of
> standard linguistics, but it is another thing when every little
> concept in modern
> linguistics has to be re-established in long threads. Those who don't accept
> Modern Linguistics don't have to accept them, but this list is not the place to
> debate the underlying concepts, or to intervene in every thread that makes use
> of such concepts to say they don't agree.
> Additional topics could include:
> * That Biblical Hebrew was a CV language.
> * That vowels in Hebrew are really pronouns interspaced between the roots.
> * That reference to eminent scholars' views is faulty argumentation simply
> because the author avoids going to the library and dislikes the idea that he
> can't fully look up the quoted view without going to the library.
> * That someone on the list doesn't know Hebrew, even if he is a recognized
> scholar of Biblical Hebrew, and even if he is just a guy trying to grasp a hold
> of the standard grammars. This comes especially when it is voiced by those
> who failed to master the Hebrew grammar and vocalization and believe that
> rereading the Hebrew Bible a few dozen times without vocalization while it is
> printed in "authentic" Old Hebrew font has given them a superior grasp of
> Hebrew compared to others on the list.
> Yitzhak Sapir
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