[b-hebrew] Hebrew and English word order

David Gray david_gray at sil.org
Tue Jul 5 04:05:23 EDT 2005


To all discourse analysists out there!

 

I recently re-read Lenart de Regt’s paper critiquing Alter’s translation of Genesis, and specifically his use of word-order. One thing that Alter doesn’t really discuss is how English handles topic, contrastive focus, and salient information. In order to properly critique Alter one would need to know this. Who has done work on discourse analysis of English?

 

REF:

Hebrew Syntactical Inversions and their Literary Equivalence in Robert Alter’s Translation of Genesis, unpublished paper from seminar on Hebrew Discourse Features at HG, UK, Autumn 2002.

 

David Gray

 

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