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Modality and the Biblical Hebrew infinitive absolute

Author: Scott N Callaham
Publisher: Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz, 2010.
Series: Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, Bd. 71.
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Employing contemporary cross-linguistic research on modality, Callaham's study presents a new and comprehensive analysis of the function of the infinitive 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott N Callaham
ISBN: 9783447061582 3447061588
OCLC Number: 617619153
Description: xiv, 343 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, Bd. 71.
Responsibility: Scott N. Callaham.

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Employing contemporary cross-linguistic research on modality, Callaham's study presents a new and comprehensive analysis of the function of the infinitive 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. --from publisher description.

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