[b-hebrew] mishnaic hebrew

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Sun Nov 27 08:36:51 EST 2011


Before we go further, you need to define which books you count as
preexilic, and those you count as postexilic, and why?

Karl W. Randolph.

On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 11:20 PM, Randall Buth <randallbuth at gmail.com>wrote:

> Chavoux:
> >> How will you distinguish between the two possible reason for the
> >> changes in Hebrew? Only once you have a method for distinguishing
> >> between normal change in language and changes due to it being spoken
> >> as a second language, can you apply it to biblical Hebrew and draw the
> >> kind of conclusion that you do.
> >
> Karl:
> > I did. While I haven’t done an academic study on the subject, I have
> > noticed a pattern that I have also seen among children of immigrants who
> > still speak their parents’ languages. I noticed it among several language
> > groups, the same pattern, a simpler vocabulary and far less usage of
> > figures of speech. That, combined with the historical record, causes me
> to
> > conclude that those who moved to Judea under Cyrus no longer had native
> > speaking ability in Hebrew. And by extrapolation neither did those who
> > lived later as well.
> The methodology is flawed, but more importantly
> I don't believe the evaluation of Hebrew and challenge it for evidence.
> Some
> of the postexilic books have as rich a vocabulary as preexilic.
> --
> Randall Buth, PhD
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