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Discontinuous Phrases

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Some elements may break up phrases by taking a position within the phrase. The result is a discontinuous phrase. In Sirach the enclitic pronouns and the connective particles are the only intervening elements. If there is a discontinuous phrase, the break comes always after the first phrase atom. When the first phrase atom of the clause contains a construct chain, the intervening element comes after the nomen rectum. R. Kuty has demonstrated that in the Syriac New Testament there is a tendency thatן.٦ takes the second slot when the preceding word is short (monosyllabic), whereas it is liable to take the slot directly after the conjunction when a longer word follows. This chapter shows at least two elements that prefer the position in the clause after the first phrase atom. If both elements occur together, the Ep comes before the connective particle.

Keywords: Discontinuous Phrases; New Testament; nomen rectum; R. Kuty; Sirach

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