Vincent DeCaen decaen at
Fri Nov 19 15:04:04 EST 1999

thanks to those who pointed out zewi's 1999 monograph. i was very
disappointed with that work as it turns out. wondering if any of you
out there had any thoughts/comments on it.

seems to commit the usual sins of comparative semitics to the
detriment of hebrew studies. but what we really need are controlled
dialectical studies, based on minimum contrasts. there is a fair bit
of material of different kinds...

e.g., wahaya ki telexun,... lo telxu reqam   [real minimum pairs in sent.s]


et-asher ta`asun,  vs. asher ta`asu  [syntactic min. pairs]

etc. etc.

Dr Vincent DeCaen     <decaen at>
c/o Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Ave., 2d floor
University of Toronto, Toronto ON, CANADA, M5S 1A1

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