[b-hebrew] Hebrew and English word order

C. Stirling Bartholomew threetreepoint at earthlink.net
Thu Jul 7 01:48:50 EDT 2005

On 7/6/05 10:34 PM, "C. Stirling Bartholomew" <threetreepoint at earthlink.net>

> Two questions come to mind. Alter's stated purpose includes "... stylistic and
> rhythmic integrity as literary English". I don't think "With God Noah walked"
> meets this criteria. L. de Reqt is suggesting that "With God Noah walked"
> reflects the information structure of the Hebrew Text placing the focus
> element up front. But I don't think this is how English would handle this. In
> English the focus element is often marked by vocal emphasis and it can be
> clause final. 

I have already thought of the first objection that will be raised. What de
Reqt wants to see is *contrastive* focus information structure in the
English translation. I don't see (it's late!) how  "With God Noah walked"
accomplishes this. I think to bring out the contrastive focus a paraphrase
would probably be required.

Clay Bartholomew 

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