[b-hebrew] Anstey PhDs for sale
MAnstey at csu.edu.au
Wed Dec 12 22:19:05 EST 2007
I have several new copies left of my PhD dissertation available for purchase, Anstey, M. P. (2006). Towards a Functional Discourse Grammar analysis of Tiberian Hebrew, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
I can send Paypal invoices to anyone who wants to purchase one on credit card. They are USD $56, which includes postage.
An excerpt from the Introduction is given below.
Charles Sturt University, School of Theology
ARC Postdoctoral Fellow
Lecturer, Old Testament
The Revd Dr Matthew Anstey
St Mark's National Theological Centre
15 Blackall St
Barton ACT 2600
Ph: +61 (0)2 6273 1572
Fax: +61 (0)2 6273 4067
Email: manstey at csu.edu.au
My original intention was to write a dissertation that would investigate negation in Tiberian Hebrew (TH). The aim was to use a functional linguistic theory, namely, Functional Grammar, to analyze negation in TH in a way that was transparent to linguists (particularly typologists) and Hebraists. I set this goal so that the results of my research could be scrutinised and used by the general linguistic academic community. This would allow linguists and Hebraists to increase their knowledge of TH and FG and allow analysis of TH to be undertaken using contemporary theory and methods. Such a project, however, required building a bridge between the worlds of FG and TH, and this exercise in “bridge building” turned out to be a dissertation in itself; hence the title of the present work. There were two main reasons for this.
First, my previous work in using FG to analyze TH raised serious questions about the theory, which led to an investigation of the history of FG (chapter 1; published as Anstey 2004; see also Anstey and Mackenzie 2005). The history concludes with an evaluation of Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG), which emerged because many others were also reconsidering FG; over roughly the same period of time Kees Hengeveld and then others developed FDG. My own proposed changes to FG … culminated in a proposed variation of FDG along the lines of Construction Grammar: the result is Constructional FDG (CFDG), chapter 2 of the present work.
Secondly, the presentation of TH in a typologically-accessible way turned out to be a substantial undertaking, in no small part due to the many differences of opinion regarding TH and to the fact that no previous attempt has been made to do this comprehensively. It should be pointed out that the problem with TH linguistics as a discipline has not been the neglect of contemporary linguistics but the isolation which it suffers whenever its publications are only readable to Hebraists or Semitists. Only a very small proportion of publications on TH in the Reference List of the current dissertation are accessible to the general linguist or typologist.
Since such a presentation, if done well, can function as a prolegomenon to a typological reference grammar of TH (of which there is none to date), it can also serve as a working hypothesis for such a grammar, that is, as a sketch of the major contours of the phonology, morphology, semantics, and syntax of the language. Chapter 3 is accordingly a thorough investigation of how to present TH typologically, with a view to being just such a working hypothesis. The preparation of chapter , furthermore, raised a question requiring further scrutiny – how can one identify grammatical vis-à-vis lexical constituents in a dead language? Chapter 4 offers an original approach to this question by taking the prosodic and orthographic information of the Masoretic text as one indication of the degree of grammaticalisation of constituents. Although the proposed method is only one of several that are necessary to identify such constituents, the results are nevertheless in accord with those of standard modern grammars.
Thus the first four chapters prepare the ground for the sort of linguistic analysis of TH that chapter 5 provides. Chapter 5 takes the CFDG model and analyses data from TH to consider the problem of the multifunctionality of the TH qatal Verb, traditionally understood as either a Past, Perfect, or Perfective Verb. Although chapter 5 can not possibly consider the 14,5000 plus cases of qatal, the analysis offered demonstrates that a robust bridge between FG and TH can be and has been built, solving the challenging problem which this dissertation addresses. In addition to this, innovative research into both TH linguistics and the theory of F(D)G has been presented.
In the sort of interdisciplinary work that chapter 5 undertakes, there is usually a priority of one discipline over another. Chapter 5 is no exception. As it has been submitted in an abridged version for a special edition of Linguistics that considers developments in FDG, the intended readership is for functional linguists. Thus in the version in this dissertation, some minor changes have been made to make it more accessible to Hebraists.
This dissertation has been published or submitted as a series of five major papers as follows:
Chapter 1. Anstey, Matthew P. (2004). Functional Grammar from its inception. In A New Architecture for Functional Grammar, J. Lachlan Mackenzie and María de los Ángeles Gómez-González (eds.), 23–71. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
Chapter 2 (abridged). Anstey, Matthew P. (fc). Functional Discourse Grammar – Multifunctional Problems and Constructional Solutions. Linguistics.
Chapter 3. Anstey, Matthew P. (2005). Towards a typological presentation of Tiberian Hebrew. Hebrew Studies 46, 71-128.
Chapter 4. Anstey, Matthew P. (2006). The grammatical-lexical cline in Tiberian Hebrew. Journal of Semitic Studies 51(1), 59-84.
Chapter 5 (abridged). Anstey, Matthew P. (under review). The Tiberian Hebrew qatal Verb: Multifunctionality and Constructional Functional Discourse Grammar. Linguistics.
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 And hence a functional study of negation remains to be done, Snyman’s () Minimalist account notwithstanding.
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