On Verb Complementation in Biblical Hebrew

On Verb Complementation in Biblical Hebrew ON VERB COMPLEMENTATION IN BIBLICAL HEBREW*) by T. MURAOKA Manchester In an article published in 1964, M. Bogaert 1) demonstrated that, pace most modern authorities 2), Hebrew, along with some other North-West Semitic languages, possesses a considerable number of verbs to which a non-accusatival pronoun can be directly attached. They are mainly verbs of telling, sending, giving, etc., which would roughly represent the dative in the Indo-European nominal inflection. Lately my attention was drawn to the following note in Brown- Driver-Briggs, s.v. ddbaq, Qal: "2. cling, cleave to... c. subj. disease, calamity, sq. ba pers ... ; sq. acc. Gn 1919 (J) ... ". The concluding part aroused my suspicion, and on looking up the reference in the Hebrew Bible, I found pen tidbjqani häräeä wdmatti. If the Massoretic pointing is to be followed here 3), it would be on a purely formal ground that one could justly describe the sufflx -ni as accusatival, for the analytical construction would require tidbaq bi, and bi would hardly be an accusative in the eyes of the editors of the lexicon 4). The question of terminology apart, this is clearly a case in which a pronominal complement of a verb which http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Vetus Testamentum Brill

On Verb Complementation in Biblical Hebrew

Vetus Testamentum, Volume 29 (4): 425 – Jan 1, 1979

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© 1979 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0042-4935
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10.1163/156853379X00454
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ON VERB COMPLEMENTATION IN BIBLICAL HEBREW*) by T. MURAOKA Manchester In an article published in 1964, M. Bogaert 1) demonstrated that, pace most modern authorities 2), Hebrew, along with some other North-West Semitic languages, possesses a considerable number of verbs to which a non-accusatival pronoun can be directly attached. They are mainly verbs of telling, sending, giving, etc., which would roughly represent the dative in the Indo-European nominal inflection. Lately my attention was drawn to the following note in Brown- Driver-Briggs, s.v. ddbaq, Qal: "2. cling, cleave to... c. subj. disease, calamity, sq. ba pers ... ; sq. acc. Gn 1919 (J) ... ". The concluding part aroused my suspicion, and on looking up the reference in the Hebrew Bible, I found pen tidbjqani häräeä wdmatti. If the Massoretic pointing is to be followed here 3), it would be on a purely formal ground that one could justly describe the sufflx -ni as accusatival, for the analytical construction would require tidbaq bi, and bi would hardly be an accusative in the eyes of the editors of the lexicon 4). The question of terminology apart, this is clearly a case in which a pronominal complement of a verb which

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