[b-hebrew] Why Morphology?

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Apr 23 02:12:29 EDT 2004

Do you suppose it is because less is known of it, and what is known is less surely known?

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: CS Bartholomew <jacksonpollock at earthlink.net>

> Why is it that so many discussions of Biblical Hebrew tend to be focused on
> formal issues like morphology? In greek circles morphology is something you
> fuss over in your first course or two ... but in Hebrew circles the "big
> guns" seem to be constantly arguing with each other about the fine points of
> the minute formal aspects of the language.
> Of course there are lots of discussions of the semantics of wayyiqatal and
> so forth but percentage wise Hebrew discussions seem to be weighted toward
> morphology, phonetics, orthography and other issues at that ground level of
> the communication model.
> This has always puzzled me.
> kol tuv,
> Clay Bartholomew
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