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Hithpael and Niphal in Biblical Hebrew: Semantic and Morphological Overlap

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The well-established semantic overlap between the niphal and hithpael in Biblical Hebrew is explained by the morphological similarities between the two stems in the imperfect form in the consonantal text. This claim is supported by a statistical analysis indicating that the first root consonant of some verb classes has assimilated rather than undergone metathesis more commonly than has previously been thought.

Affiliations: 1: Yale Divinity School


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