Hebrew Syntax.

Rolf Furuli furuli at online.no
Mon Apr 15 03:10:48 EDT 2002

Dear Peter,

Nobody has so far analysed my example. could you please do that.



Rolf Furuli

University of Oslo

>Moon, may I answer you here as one also trained originally in science
>and who then worked as an engineer. In most branches of science, if a
>hypothesis has a 96% or 97% fit with the observed facts (as here), the
>general truth of that hypothesis is considered rather strongly
>indicated. Of course one then needs to look at the remaining results.
>They may be spurious or corrupted (cf. here the text may be corrupt);
>but one would need to look into whether that is reasonable. Or one might
>find that this small residue of results can be accounted for by making
>adjustments to the hypothesis. Sometimes it might be necessary to leave
>the hypothesis as incomplete and uncertain because a residue of results
>has not been accounted for. But I am sure no scientist would reject a
>hypothesis completely because of a 3-4% discrepancy.
>Peter Kirk
>>  -----Original Message-----
>>  From: Moon-Ryul Jung [mailto:moon at sogang.ac.kr]
>>  Sent: 14 April 2002 16:24
>>  To: Biblical Hebrew
>>  Subject: RE: Hebrew Syntax.
>>  Rolf,
>>  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
>>  yiqtol's in her corpus, which is Genesis through Kings. The non-modal
>>  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
>>  Moon R. Jung
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