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Word Order: Biblical Hebrew

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Author(s): Moshavi, Adina
All languages permit a variety of word-order constructions, with subject (S), verb (V), objects (O), and adjuncts (A) occupying varying positions relative to each other (Greenberg 1996a; 1996b). Usually one construction is pragmatically neutral, occurring in a wide variety of discourse contexts, while the others have more restricted uses. The word order with the broadest contextual distribution is the unmarked or basic one, and the others are marked (Dryer 1995). Marked word order constructions generally have pragmatic meaning; that is, they encode aspects of m…

Verbal Clause: Biblical Hebrew

(5,016 words)

Author(s): Moshavi, Adina
In the verbal clause the predicate includes a verb; in the nominal clause (Nominal Clause) the predicate is non-verbal and may be, for example, a noun phrase, prepositional phrase, or subordinate clause. Although the distinction between verbal and nominal clause in Biblical Hebrew might appear clear, it depends crucially on which forms are classified as verbs. Sections 1–6, below, discuss the classification of various verbal forms and associated clause structures as verbal or nominal. Verbal cla…

Interrogative: Biblical Hebrew

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Author(s): Moshavi, Adina
The interrogative clause is one of several clause types found in Biblical Hebrew, in addition to the declarative, imperative, and exclamative. The various clause types constitute a syntactic system whose categories are defined based on formal criteria, such as verb form or the presence of grammatical particles. Each clause type is characteristically used to perform a different speech act, declarative clauses to make assertions, interrogative clauses to request information, and so on. The relation between clause type and speech act is not one-to-one. Not all question…