[b-hebrew] "Species" of the Genitive Waltke/O'Connor

C. Stirling Bartholomew jacksonpollock at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 27 02:25:50 EDT 2004

Waltke/O'Connor seem a little embarrassed about proceeding to level of
semantic classification for the Genitive which they call "a traditional
classification of species" (Waltke/O'Connor BH Syntax 9.4.b p141). But they
go ahead and do it even though you get the feeling that they know better.

The move from syntax categories like adnominal genitives to semantic
categories like genitive of authorship (9.5.1.c) is precisely the kind of
move that has in the last decade produced several Greek grammars of dubious

D.Blakemore* at the end of her chapter on "Enrichment" raises the issue of
the semantic properties of the genitive in a way which suggests that what
Waltke/O'Connor call "a traditional classification of species" is in fact
something to be embarrassed about.

Someone from the "Relevance Theory" crowd needs to write a syntax on Hebrew
(and Greek).    

Clay Bartholomew 
* Blakemore, Diane. 1992. Understanding Utterances. Oxford: Blackwell.
Page 83, Exercise #2,

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