[b-hebrew] Re: Species of Genitive (James D. Price)

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Tue Aug 31 20:35:59 EDT 2004

On Tuesday 31 August 2004 12:40, Harold R. Holmyard III wrote:
> Dear Dave,
> >The problem is that Hebrew doesn't appear to have behaved the same way
> > English does.  Most adjectival constructions in BH are actually nouns
> > used in an adjectival way.  In order to build a linguistic model of BH
> > with explanatory adequacy, we have to account for that.
> HH: I have always assumed that the Hebrew construct is a bit like
> Greek's use of the genitive. Both languages had adjectival forms, but
> they often preferred to give modification to nouns by other nouns

There's part of the problem right there.  I'm not sure the construct can 
really be construed as a "genitive" in the indo-european sense.

Dave Washburn
"No good.  Hit on head."   -Gronk

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