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II. Function

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The function section aims to provide a comprehensive survey of the uses of the various verbal forms in Maskilic Hebrew prose fiction. This chapter surveys the uses of the qaṭal and yiqṭol conjugations respectively in a variety of contexts including indicative, modal, and conditional; the analysis continues with a discussion of the verbal qoṭel. It then discusses the functions of periphrastic forms, the roles of the wayyiqṭol and weqaṭal. The corpus contains numerous qaṭals in contexts clearly indicating that their actions took place on multiple occasions at regular intervals in the past. The infinitive absolute is sometimes attested in the corpus preceding a finite verb of the same root. This type of construction is typically found in direct speech, although it appears occasionally in narrative.

Keywords: corpus; infinitives; Maskilic Hebrew; qaṭals; qoṭel; wayyiqṭol; weqaṭal; yiqṭol



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