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The Morphosyntax Of The Construct Phrase In Qumran Hebrew

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The construct phrase or chain is one of the fundamental features of Hebrew or Semitic syntax. In Biblical and Qumran Hebrew one can identify only limited incipient phenomena of an alternative, analytical syntagm as would develop to its full in Modern Hebrew. What interests us in this chapter is not the morphology or syntax of the construct phrase, but the logico-semantic structure encoded by this syntactic means, namely what logico-semantic relationship is expressed by this dependence structure in which one nominal is logico-semantically dependent on the immediately following nominal. Any respectable Hebrew grammar discusses what functions this vital block of the Hebrew linguistic structure designates. The chapter shows that ambiguity and uncertainty of analysis and interpretation in logico-semantic terms arises in many cases.

Keywords: Biblical Hebrew; construct phrase; morphosyntax; Qumran Hebrew

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