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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Predicate patterns in the semantic fields "high" and "low": A case study in Biblical Hebrew parallelism
by Pfeiffer, Andrew C., Ph.D., Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (Ohio), 2013, 795; 3666833
Abstract (Summary)

This text linguistic study investigates both the literary device of parallelism and the linguistic theory of the semantic field in ancient Hebrew literature. The purpose of the study is to examine whether or not a semantically related pair of verbs or predicate phrases that implies either the concepts "high" or "low" is more likely to occur within a specific context (ch. 1). The dissertation reviews both historic and contemporary research in word pairs, parallelism, lexicography, semantics, and cognitive linguistics (ch. 2).

The corpus includes passages in poetry and prose from the Hebrew Bible, the Qumran archives, and Hebrew Ben Sirach. The thirty-five lexemes examined in the study are identified by a methodology in which the Hebrew texts generate a list of relevant pairs (ch. 3). These lexemes are examined for associated patterns. Patterns may involve word order, preposition use, lexical pairs, subjects, references to location or destination, genre, context, and authorship (chs. 4, 5). The most frequent predicate pairs are analyzed to indicate the degree to which genre, context, and authorship determine any patterns related to their co-occurrence (ch. 6). The study concludes with implications for further research in parallelism, semantics, and lexicography.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Greengus, Samuel, Kaufman, Stephen
Commitee: Weisberg, David
School: Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (Ohio)
Department: School of Graduate Studies
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 76/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Ancient languages, Linguistics, Biblical studies
Keywords: Biblical hebrew, Lexicography, Parallelism, Poetry, Predicate, Semantic
Publication Number: 3666833
ISBN: 978-1-321-40135-6
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