lationship between b-nouns and clauses

Paul Zellmer smdirect at
Tue Mar 19 12:10:06 EST 2002

I do not see "b-nouns" governing clauses (or absolute nouns, for that
matter) at all.  "Governing" does not describe the relationship at all.  The
"b-noun" is not the most important aspect of such a structure, nor does it
limit the action of any associated activity.  If anything, what is
associated with the "b-noun," whether expressed or implied, governs the
"b-noun," as it does limit and control the application of that word.

I have looked at your examples and have found any focus of attention on the
"b-noun" is misplaced.

Paul Zellmer

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ian Hutchesson [mailto:mc2499 at]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 11:03 AM
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Re: lationship between b-nouns and clauses
> How do people see the relationship between b-nouns
> and the clauses they govern? I have heard people
> talking of constructs but as I understood, such a
> relationship is really one of noun to noun, yet it
> is clear from some of the examples that I have put
> forward that this is clearly not the case as we are
> dealing with complete clauses (though this seems
> invariably with time phrases and never with other
> qualified phrases). So, do you see these clauses as
> governed just like a construct relationship or are
> these a different type of relationship? I simply
> don't know, have no position, and would like to
> know what people think.
> Ian
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