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#1 joelmadasu

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 10:53 AM

Is there a criteria, or a search method to figure out word order in Biblical Hebrew? Or any resources that might help with this?

 

I really want to find the word order for the clauses that contain the particles יש and אין.

 

Please let me know.


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#2 Helen Brown

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 01:22 PM

Please explain what you are looking for. These words are usually followed by a noun. Is that what you want to check?


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#3 joelmadasu

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 02:39 PM

I want to find out If these particles appear in a SVO or VSO or other word orders. Is there a way to figure this with a construct search?

 

 

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#4 Helen Brown

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 08:14 AM

If you own the Syntax you can search for subject and object. The Analysis will let you see the part of speech of each item in the hit phrase (using the columns in Set display), but it won't tell you how many times a particular order appears. For that you would need to run separate searches for each combination you were looking for.


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#5 Robert Holmstedt

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 08:05 PM

Not really possible, at least easily. For example, sometimes אין is a negative copula whereas other times it is a negator (not copula). In my opinion, the simplest thing to do would be a simple search for them all and then actually read the context to make your own analysis.

 

And, if this is for serious research, analyzing all the examples yourself is what you ought to do anyway, even if such a search were simple with our syntax database.

 

--- To clarify -- my comment was specifically about looking for word order in אין and ישׁ clauses. ---


Edited by Robert Holmstedt, Yesterday, 05:26 PM.

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