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Circumstantial Qualifiers In Qumran Hebrew: Reflections On Adjunct Expressions In The Manual Of Discipline (1qs)

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Circumstantial qualifiers are any word, phrase or sentence which is not an obligatory constituent of the main sentence or main sentences. On the phrase level and the sentence level this is as much as the English term "adjunct", but in a text linguistic perspective it is fruitful to expect linguistic devices for marking circumstantial information also on the discourse level. The Arabic grammatical tradition has coined its own term, ḥā, for circumstantial qualifiers on the phrase and sentence levels. On the phrase level, the accusative case is an exceedingly productive device for generating adverbial expressions of all kinds. Our hypothesis was that ancient Semitic devices for the expression of circumstantial qualifiers on different levels of language were still used in Qumran Hebrew.

Keywords: circumstantial qualifiers; Qumran Hebrew



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