[b-hebrew] (no subject)
peterkirk at qaya.org
Tue Jul 26 20:44:21 EDT 2005
On 26/07/2005 22:25, Bill Rea wrote:
>>Rolf, let me make this clear. I have stated that there is a fundamental
>>logical flaw in your argument, that it simply confirms your initial a
>>priori assumption (that there are two semantically distinct verb forms
>>rather than fouror five). This devastating critique basically implies
>>that your work is valueless.
>First, if a man (or woman) has undertaken research, written up a Ph.D.
>thesis, had it examined by multiple examiners who are experts in their
>field including at least one external to the University the student is at,
>defended it orally, and been awarded his degree, one could rightly assume
>that the person's work had some value.
Has Rolf actually been awarded his degree? If so, I must assume that he
was able to give a satisfactory answer to the critical questions of the
external examiner, but has chosen not to tell us that answer.
Nevertheless, there are flawed PhD dissertations in circulation, because
even the best examiners as well as students are human.
>Second, on the question of two, four or five semantically distinct
>verb forms is it possible to demonstrate which of these is indeed
>correct without having to make some apriori assumption? It seems
>to me that Peter's objection to Rolf's two verb form model can also
>be leveled at a model which assumes a different number. ...
Absolutely! In fact the argument was originally Rolf's, with the number
>... Put another
>way, if we make no assumptions about the number of semantically
>distinct verb forms can we arrive at an answer that convinces
>the majority of scholars in the field?
Well, we certainly cannot if we do make assumptions. So if we are to
stand a chance we need to make no assumptions. But it is extremely hard
to come up with a sound argument, especially for biblical Hebrew, for
which we have no mother tongue speakers and a limited corpus. And even
if the argument is sound, it is by no means sure to convince the
majority of scholars, not least because those scholars have their own
presuppositions and entrenched positions. But that's another matter.
peter at qaya.org (personal)
peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
No virus found in this outgoing message.
Checked by AVG Anti-Virus.
Version: 7.0.338 / Virus Database: 267.9.5/58 - Release Date: 25/07/2005
More information about the b-hebrew