[b-hebrew] tenses; frequency

Read, James C K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk
Tue Aug 9 19:41:05 EDT 2005

It is completely impossible to start out with no ideas. But it is possible to start out
with the right motivation. 
I think the value of Rolf's research should not be determined or undermined by the influences 
he has had but by the fruit of his labours. His arguments stand up to criticism and are very
purely liguistically based. He has analysed the usage of the forms and has both seen and shown
that their usage is not uniform enough to grammaticalise tense into the verb form itself.

He is agreeing with you but coming from another direction.
You (Peter) and I are very strong proponents of contextual influences in translation and Rolf's 
conclusions lead to the same thing. As he has proven that tense is not grammaticalised in the verb
forms it is the context, not the verb-form, which dictates the tense to be used in English.

-----Original Message-----
From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org on behalf of Peter Kirk
Sent: Tue 8/9/2005 10:46 PM
To: Rolf Furuli
Cc: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] tenses; frequency
On 09/08/2005 21:41, Rolf Furuli wrote:

>... And a very important methodological question is this: Is an assumption behind my research that Hebrew has a particular number of conjugations, four, three, or two? For example, If we use the axiom that Hebrew has four conjugations, then we end up with four. In addition to looking for prejudice in the material, we need to be conscious of our own prejudices. ...

Indeed, Rolf. And this is a question which you have never answered 
unambiguously concerning your own research. Do you assume any particular 
number of conjugations? Did you begin by assuming or preferring any 
particular number of them? If so, even if you formally abandoned such a 
presupposition, did you retain any prejudice which might have caused you 
to prefer an analysis which in fact corresponds with a previous preference?

Peter Kirk
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peterkirk at qaya.org (work)

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