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Word Order in the Biblical Hebrew Finite Clause
Moshavi, Adina

Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2010 pp. xvii + 204. $42.50

Series Information
Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic, 4


Description: Moshavi's study investigates word order in the finite nonsubordinate clause in classical Biblical Hebrew. A common marked construction in this type of clause is the preposing construction, in which a subject, object, or adverbial is placed before the verb. In this work, Moshavi formally distinguishes preposing from other marked and unmarked constructions and explores the distribution of these constructions in Biblical Hebrew. She carries out a contextual analysis of a sample (the book of Genesis) of preposed clauses in order to determine the pragmatic functions that preposing may express. Moshavi's thesis is that the majority of preposed clauses can be classified as one of two syntactic-pragmatic constructions: focusing or topicalization.

Subjects: Methods, Linguistics, Hebrew

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Review by Hubert James Keener
Published 10/16/2011
Citation: Hubert James Keener, review of Adina Moshavi, Word Order in the Biblical Hebrew Finite Clause, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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