06PETERSON at cua.edu
Fri Jul 19 22:26:06 EDT 2002
>===== Original Message From "Lisbeth S. Fried" <lizfried at umich.edu> =====
>How should one parse this verse?
>"Am I the fast you fast for me"?
>What sense does that make?
>What is the "ani" doing there?
Probably intensifying the pronominal suffix. Neither one is what we would
immediately expect, but it does happen that an intransitive verb can become
transitive and take a pronominal suffix instead of l- plus the appropriate
pronoun. GKC addresses this in 117x. So I'd take it that "hatsom tsamtuni ani"
is int. pref. + inf. abs. + pft. vb. + obj. suff. + indep. pron., the inf.
abs. strengthening the facticity of the questioned action--did you really
fast?--and the indep. pron. drawing focus to the object--was it really for me
that you fasted?
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