Prototype Theory and Hebrew Tense/Aspect

peter_kirk at peter_kirk at
Tue Dec 14 20:54:07 EST 1999

Rather off the top of my head, I would say that the features of 
WAYYIQTOL which we have mentioned come to the fore as follows:

+past           usually, not always especially where context is future
+perfective     almost always, perhaps always (?)
+realis         almost always, perhaps always (?)
-dependence     not quite sure what you mean by this one
-subordination  I'd need to look more closely at this one

and if for now we allow a feature from a different level:

+sequential     usually, except in hendiadys and some special cases

I would also suggest a small secondary focus made up of cases in which 
WAYYIQTOL is actually a mis-pointing of WEYIQTOL.

Peter Kirk

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Subject: Re[3]: Prototype Theory and Hebrew Tense/Aspect
Author:  <dwashbur at> at Internet
Date:    14/12/1999 09:46


OK, assuming we're on level ground there, then, and working within 
Huovila's theory, which features do you see coming to the fore in 
BH usage of the wayyiqtol?

Dave Washburn
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; 
give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name.
                                   Psalm 86:11

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