[b-hebrew] The mystery of vav-consequtive

George Athas gathas at hotkey.net.au
Wed May 25 00:34:27 EDT 2005

Hi Dave!

I only just realised your response to my posting, so my apologies for the extremely late reply.

I have not had the chance to check Hatav's system in any depth yet, but from the skim I had, she seems to be proposing something that is at least similar to mine, but I suspect it will still be different. As for getting your hands on a copy of our textbook, you can buy one at www.moorebooks.com.au. There are a few errata in the book, but then it hasn't been through proper publishing procedures yet.

Best Regards,

(Sydney, Australia)

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Dave Washburn 
  To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org 
  Sent: Friday, April 29, 2005 6:44 AM
  Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] The mystery of vav-consequtive


  On Thursday 28 April 2005 01:48, George Athas wrote:
  > There is another approach to the Hebrew verbal system which we are using
  > here in Sydney (at Uni of Sydney and Southern Cross College). Ian Young and
  > I argue that there is no such thing as tense in Hebrew verbs. The analogy
  > we use to explain the verbs is that it's like going to a theatre to watch a
  > play. Hebrew verbs invite the reader onto the stage to follow the action as
  > it happens on stage. Tense is irrelevant  -- it's really all about how the
  > author wants the reader to view a particular action:
  > WAYYIQTOL: Adds narrative momentum and creates a new narrative reference
  > point. The plot moves forward. It doesn't necessarily denote the next
  > consecutive action, but merely the next point in the plot. It's like taking
  > a step with an actor as he moves across the stage.
  > QATAL: Halts narrative momentum and causes the reader to focus on a
  > particular action. It's a bit like stopping and zooming in on something.
  > WEQATAL: Sustains the focus at the current narrative reference point. It's
  > meaning is derived from an antecedent verb/clause.
  > YIQTOL: Indicates background action -- it's the backdrop in which you view
  > the actions denoted by other conjugations. It's like verbal scenery -- te
  > set on which the actors are performing.

  How would you compare this approach to Hatav's system of moving or not moving 

  > This system works remarkably well, and is great to teach alongside a
  > biblical text. We have produced a textbook ('Elementary Biblical Hebrew')
  > which is being trialled here in Sydney for the second time. We'll try to
  > officially publish it in the near future.

  Any chance of getting a copy sooner?  *drool*

  Dave Washburn
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