[b-hebrew] Psa 107:19-21 (was WAYYIQTOL)

A. Philip Brown II pbrown at GBS.EDU
Sat Mar 27 13:18:50 EST 2004

Hello, B-Haverim,

I've been following the WAYYIQTOL thread with interest.  I have a thorough
acquaintance with GKC, Waltke-O'Connor, and a passing knowledge of Jouon and

It would be helpful to me and perhaps to others on the list to have a
bibliography of the key articles/monographs that explicate the various
positions that are being advanced.

Would those of you who have been advancing the discussion here be so kind as
to post that bibliographic information?

Thank you!

Philip Brown

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To: Sameer Yadav
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Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Psa 107:19-21 (was WAYYIQTOL)

On 24/03/2004 17:22, Sameer Yadav wrote:

>So although I appreciate your warning about being
>cautious to reject explanations which appear to cover
>much of the data, I would also caution you from
>accepting an entire theory of modal semantics in
>natural language simply because it can be formed in a
>neat distribution around the usage of the conjugations
>in BH.  I think that the relationship has to be
>reciprocal, with good reasons to accept the general
>semantic account independently of the way those
>semantics are uniquely exhibited in one particular

Thank you, Sameer. I agree with you. From the data I have seen, Hatav's
hypothesis is neither confirmed nor disproved. And even if it is
confirmed for Hebrew, that does not imply that it is generally
applicable to all natural languages - any more than are models derived
from English, Russian etc. Modality is obviously a rather slippery
concept (as we can see from English, Greek etc examples recently
posted), and Hatav's definition is not the last word on it.

Peter Kirk
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peterkirk at qaya.org (work)

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