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The Pausal System: Divisions in the Hebrew Biblical Text as Marked by Voweling and Stress Position
Revell, E. J.
de Hoop, Raymond and Paul Sanders, editors

Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2015 pp. x + 140. $70.00

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Pericope, 10

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Description: In the Hebrew Bible, the Ďpausal systemí is a set of variations in voweling and stress position that marks the ends of units of various sizes. Pausal forms are already well known and have long been included in grammatical works. However, it is rarely noticed that many pausal forms occur at unexpected positions. They may be marked with any disjunctive accent, or even with one of the conjunctive accents. The pausal forms represent an earlier division of the text and deserve special attention. In addition to the pausal forms, the retraction of word stress (nesigah) and the use of the vowel qames on conjunctive waw also appear to mark the ends of units. All these indicators are included in this comprehensive study of the pausal system and in the accompanying list of terminal markers. The volume contains the first classified list of all the relevant forms in the Hebrew Bible.

Subjects: Methods, Linguistics, Hebrew

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Review by Jerome A. Lund
Published 2/23/2017
Citation: Jerome A. Lund, review of E. J. Revell; Raymond de Hoop and Paul Sanders, eds., The Pausal System: Divisions in the Hebrew Biblical Text as Marked by Voweling and Stress Position, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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