[b-hebrew] Basic observations on WAYYIQTOL

Peter Kirk 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 
>mean?
>
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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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