Word Pairs
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In psycholinguistics and psychoanalysis the term ‘word pairs’ refers to both stimuli and the responses they trigger in a word association test. Word pairs reveal preferred associations, and the total sum of words given in response to a stimulus can be considered the associative meaning of the stimulus.

In the study of Biblical Hebrew word pairs (also called ‘fixed pairs’ and/or ‘parallel pairs’) are defined as couples of corresponding words that occur in the parallel lines of poetic texts. Two examples from among literally hundreds are the following (one with nouns, one with verbs): (a) אָ…

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Baranowski, Krzysztof J., “Word Pairs”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 15 August 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000403>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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