Fronting and exhaustive exclusion in Biblical Hebrew

Van der Merwe, Christo H. J. (2017)

CITATION: Van der Merwe, C. 2017. Fronting and exhaustive exclusion in Biblical Hebrew. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics, 48:219-222, doi:10.5774/48-0-292.

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Biblical Hebrew scholars struggle to account for about one third of instances of fronting in the Hebrew Bible in terms of a coherent semantic-pragmatic model. I hypothesize that considering fronting as a construction (i.e. a form-meaning pair) that could encode various semantic-pragmatic functions, including “exhaustive exclusion”, could be one of the solutions to this challenge.

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