[b-hebrew] third person

Nir cohen - Prof. Mat. nir at ccet.ufrn.br
Fri Nov 9 10:05:24 EST 2012


an excellent example. please consult the english translation (MM): I am HE THAT blotteth out...

 כה  אָנֹכִי אָנֹכִי הוּא מֹחֶה פְשָׁעֶיךָ, לְמַעֲנִי:  וְחַטֹּאתֶיךָ, לֹא אֶזְכֹּר.  25 I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake; and thy sins I will not remember.

the essential grammatical structure of this phrase is: "i am he who..."

am=(aux.) verb (which in hebrew is absent but implicit)
who...=connective pronoun followed by a clause (which defines the object).

cognitively, an identification is made here between two a priori distinct entities: "I" and "He who boltteth out thy transgressions". a priori, they are distinct, but after the identification, they become one and the same. as you 
see, this works out equally well in english and indeed most languages:

I AM (verb in first person) he who BLOTTETH OUT (verb in third person).
chomsky would say that this construction is universal.

nir cohen

On Thu, 8 Nov 2012 19:56:20 -0500, Isaac Fried wrote
> Who is the "third" person הוא HU, in Is. 43:25?
> אנכי אנכי הוא מחה פשעיך למעני
> Isaac Fried, Boston University
> On Nov 5, 2012, at 11:04 AM, Nir cohen - Prof. Mat. wrote:
> third person

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