LINGUIST List 25.5026

Thu Dec 11 2014

Books: Constituent Postponement in Biblical Hebrew Verse: Redd

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Date: 04-Dec-2014
From: Krista Zimmer <kristaisdistribution.com>
Subject: Constituent Postponement in Biblical Hebrew Verse: Redd
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Title: Constituent Postponement in Biblical Hebrew Verse
Series Title: Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 90
Published: 2014
Publisher: ISD, Distributor of Scholarly Books
                http://www.isdistribution.com

Book URL: http://www.isdistribution.com/BookDetail.aspx?aId=54438

Author: John Scott Redd
Paperback: ISBN: 9783447101998 Pages: 155 Price: U.S. $ 102.00
Abstract:

What are the elements of Biblical Hebrew (BH) verse? Much headway has been made in terms of describing the features and devices that find expression in BH verse, but there is more to be said particularly about the distinction between verse and prose. Though BH verse is governed by a terse poetic line, it also exhibits "relaxed" syntactic structure, wherein certain syntactic constructions that would be unviable in prose are acceptable. One such construction is the occurrence of constituent postponement in the verbal clause, such as postverbal subject- and object-postponement as well as verb-postponement. This cross-disciplinary study evaluates statistical evidence from a broad sample of BH verse, investigates the instances of actual constituent postponement, and employs the work of the Russian Formalist critic Victor Shklovsky on defamiliarization to explain the function of constituent postponement in the sample texts. (Harrassowitz Verlag 2014)

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Hebrew, Ancient (hbo)

Written In: English (eng)

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