[b-hebrew] fred on 2 tenses at the same sentence
tensorpath at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 14:00:33 EST 2011
Thanks for your instructive post.
I read proverbs 31:10-31 at your suggestion.
The passage seems to describe a series of "causes" and "effects." The
virtuous woman performs one act; and then another act follows.
The qatal form generally (but with exceptions) marks the beginning "cause;"
and the yiqtol form generally (but with exceptions) designates the
after "effect." Neither tense or aspect appear to be the focus of these
verbs or verses; but rather "cause" and "effect."
So, perhaps the two verb forms represent multi-function devices. Just as a
single word can instruct a wide variety
of different meanings, depending on context; so a single verb form can enjoy
a wide variety of different uses, depending on context.
Here that use includes differentiating between"cause" and "effect."
Is this the direction you intend in your challenge?
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