[b-hebrew] b-hebrew Uncancellable meaning and Hebrew verbs

David Kummerow farmerjoeblo at hotmail.com
Sat Jul 4 09:01:17 EDT 2009

> Driver did not accept that the form "only could
> be past perfective" as DK has claimed.

Hi Rolf,

Please don't misrepresent me. I've never claimed that WAYYIQTOL could 
only ever be past perfective. If you'll read my review again and my 
other article you'll see otherwise. Besides, if I were to hold such a 
view I would already have demolished my own position with my argument as 
to the unsuitability of viewing semantics as uncancellable meaning! 
Please read my statement in context -- it refers solely to Gen 12:1 and 
no further.

I note that in your post you're still running with the principal of 
uncancellable meaning and that your isolated contexts are revealing the 
uncancellable meaning/semantics of WAYYIQTOL. Still no discussion of Gen 
12:1. Again: please show how it and other cases like it is imperfective 
under your analysis. Please don't turn the question around -- the 
question is for you and your analysis. How can wayyo'mer in Gen 12:1 be 
construed imperfectively? And how might such an imperfective analysis be 
rendered in English translation, since "And he said" is past perfective?

David Kummerow.

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