Modality of yiqtol

R. Hoberman rdhoberman at
Tue Sep 28 13:33:32 EDT 1999

One interesting thing in relation to Hatav's idea that BH yiqtol is modal
is that in Mishnaic Hebrew yiqtol is certainly modal, as I think M.H.
Segal pointed out. I seem to remember that this was discussed by Rundgren. 
Hatav's approach could lead to an interesting reexamination of the
diachronic shifts in the verbal system on the way to post-BiblicaI Hebrew. 

Bob Hoberman
robert.hoberman at

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