Hebrew Syntax.

Moon-Ryul Jung moon at sogang.ac.kr
Sun Apr 14 11:23:45 EDT 2002

As a topic related to this exercise, G. Hatav believes that 
yiqtol and weqatal are "modals". Your example is a counterexample
to her thesis. In her book, she also noted some non-modal uses of 
yiqtol and said it is difficult to explain them (She thinks some are
corrupted because some other versions do not use yiqtol in those
examples.) The non-modal use of yiqtol is  3% [more than 30] of the 1121
yiqtol's in her corpus, which is Genesis through Kings. The non-modal use
of weqatal is 4% of the 573 weqatal's. 

I have no idea how to deal with this kind or this amount of
counterexample. Hatav seems to think it does not invalidate her
thesis. As a scientist/engineer in training, I wonder how such 
counterexamples do not invalidate her thesis. If there is no way
to explain away these counterexamples, how is it that they do not
invalidate the thesis? Is there some agreement going on here among
the players in the field?

Moon R. Jung
Sogang Univ, Seoul, Korea

Moon R. Jung
Sogang Univ, Seoul, Korea


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