Modality and the Biblical Hebrew Infinitive Absolute

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Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 343 pages
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Alongside several related ancient languages, Biblical Hebrew possesses two infinitive forms. The rarer of the two is the infinitive absolute, for which no analogous structure exists in modern translation receptor languages such as English. In studying its use, Hebrew grammarians have long noted that the infinitive absolute often appears in modal contexts. However, until the present study this phenomenon has not received further scholarly attention. Employing contemporary cross-linguistic research on modality, Callaham's study presents a new and comprehensive analysis of the function of the infi nitive absolute in Biblical Hebrew. Collected data strongly imply that the combination of an infinitive absolute and a cognate verb is a construction expressing verb focus, which includes focus on any modality present in the cognate verb. Infinitives absolute can also function as full substitutes for finite verbs. Accordingly, these independent uses are also highly modal. Through wide-ranging interaction with previous research and exhaustive examination of textual data, this study advances new findings on the interplay of modality and infinitive absolute employment in the Hebrew Bible.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Traditional Approaches to the Modality of the Paronomastic Infinitive Absolute
12
Variations in Modal Interpretation Among Grammarians
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Survey of the Concept of Modality
17
Modal Typology of F R Palmer
20
Strength of Assertion in Epistemic Modality
23
Compulsive Force in Deontic Modality
30
Habitual
110
Event Modality and the Infinitive Absolute
123
Dynamic
177
NonModal Infinitives Absolute in Poetry
204
Modal Profile Comparison All Paronomastic and Independent Verbal Infinitives Absolute
210
Modal Profile of Verbal Infinitives Absolute in Prose
211
Modal Profile of Verbal Infinitives Absolute in Poetry
212
Basic Distribution of Modal Contexts among Verbal Infinitives Absolute
214

Modality and the Biblical Hebrew Verbal System
31
Verb Classes with Distinct Yiqtol and Jussive Paradigms
34
Modal Particles in the Protasis of Conditional Clauses
38
Verbal Clause Constituent Order in Biblical Hebrew
39
Infinitive Absolute Forms Attested in the Hebrew Bible
47
Propositional Modality and the Infinitive Absolute
57
Evidential
64
Negative
68
Conditional
94
Modal Contexts of Infinitives Absolute in Narrative and Discourse
216
Social Relationship and Modal Contexts of Infinitives Absolute
217
in Discourse
218
Paronomastic Infinitives Absolute
219
Verbal Clause Constituent Order and Modal Contexts
222
Infinitives Absolute
223
Relevance for Biblical Hebrew Scholarship
227
Statistical Analysis Methods
324
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