[b-hebrew] Basic observations on WAYYIQTOL
peterkirk at qaya.org
Wed Aug 17 15:48:24 EDT 2005
On 17/08/2005 18:44, Dave Washburn wrote:
>>I accept that Hebrew sentences can be verbless without being
>>ungrammatical. But what looks ungrammatical here is the absence or
>>elision of the personal suffix HINNEH. But re Gen 18:9 BDB mentions "the
>>suffix ... being not infrequently omitted". So perhaps this is not the
>>best example - it was simply the first possible one that I found.
>Ugh. My BDB - along with all my other books - is packed. What suffix do you
The personal suffix. In other words, here we don't have HINNEHA or
HINNEH HI', "here she is", but just HINNEH, "here is ..."
>It's a fascinating question, and I have no idea about the answer. I suppose
>the first step would be to get a full grasp of verbless clauses, but how to
>do that if we suspect that some of them may be ungrammatical? So we end up
>in a circle. Still, exploring this question might make an interesting
>dissertation topic for somebody a fair bit younger than I am...
... and than I am.
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