[b-hebrew] Hebrew grammar books

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Tue Jul 1 23:57:36 EDT 2008

Their treatment of the shwa and the piel shows Jouon and Muraoka to  
be more then just blind herders of sacred cows, yet their book  
occasionally lacks decisiveness and certainty, possibly due to lack  
of some basic understanding and possibly due to their inability, or  
unwillingness, to boldly separate the grain from the chaff.
Their statement on page 154 to the effect that " ... the question how  
the function of Piel in relation to other conjugations, notably Qal  
should be defined still remains one of the major challenges facing  
Hebrew and Semitic linguistics" testifies to sloppy language or  
faulty thinking. The crucial word DEFINE is certainly wrong here. How  
do they even know that a "relationship" needs to exist between the  
"function" of the qal and that of the piel?
The fact that they nonchalantly swallow, on page 172f, this toad of  
"energic" nun is also a clear indication that something critical yet  
simple about the Hebrew language escapes them.

Isaac Fried, Boston University 

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