brocine at earthlink.net
Wed Sep 29 22:14:11 EDT 1999
Dear Dave, You wrote:
> In Gen 26:13 we seem to have a rogue weqatal, W:GFD"L.
> two preceding clauses are both wayyiqtol, the following
> (subordinated with a preposition) is qatal. I can't see
> why a weqatal would be between these. BHS suggests
> to W:GFDOL to make conjunction + adjective, but I'm not so
> It looks to me like this may be an example of qatal with
> conjunction rather than a weqatal, but I'm wondering what
> think. How does your approach to the verb system treat
It seems to be the week for Longacre! I mentioned him in my
discourse analysis of a chapter of Isaiah this week, and
Randall Buth mentioned him on the functions of pronominal
constructions. I'll mention him again on your question. He
has come up with a discourse function for a isolated weqatal
that interupts a wayyiqtol string. He says it marks a
pivitol/climactic event. See "Weqatal Forms in BH Prose: A
Discourse-modular Approach" in _BH and Discourse
Linguistics_ ed. Bergen.
I can also offer another exlanation for your particular
question. vegadel is not a weqatal at all; it is a m.s.
adjective. It is used as a substantive in conjunction with
halok so that we might "translate" vayelek halok vegadel `ad
ki gadal me'od very literally: "And he went a going and a
great(ness) until that he was very great." In standard
English I might say "He continued to increase until he was
B. M. Rocine
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