ERIC Number: ED525946
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Publication Date: 2010
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The Distinctions of a Text-Linguistic Model against the Tense/Aspect Model on the Clause Level of the Minor Prophets
Lesley, James A., Jr.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
The focus of this dissertation considers a text-linguistic approach to Hebrew syntax as a viable and practical approach to the study of grammar and syntax. To achieve this goal it is necessary first to define and compare a text-linguistic model to that of the approach expressed by traditional Hebrew syntax. The second task applies a text-linguistic model, which in this case is a distributional approach, to the Minor Prophets. The purpose for selecting this collection is twofold: first, it is broad both in range of dates in writing and with multiple authors and thereby offers the ability to reveal the consistency behind a distributional approach. A second reason for selecting the Minor Prophets is because of the consideration that it is a single corpus in that it contains both a beginning and an end. Through applying a text-linguistic approach to the Minor Prophets, the aim is to analyze the inner workings of the clause through this broad section of text. The importance in applying this approach on such a broad section is to examine how the text-linguistic approach functions on a text containing both narrative and discourse text types while at the same time the section is considered as a unit. The purpose of chapter one is to introduce the subject of Hebrew syntax from the traditional movement through characterizing how the traditional approach views the clause and verb forms. To complete this task, this chapter details the premise of the traditional approach, which is then followed by a brief synopsis of Hebrew syntax in the traditional sense as a means to reveal how scholars employ this approach and to later compare differences between traditional and text-linguistic approaches. In developing a synopsis, this study will focus on two major discussions in syntax, namely the function of the clause and the function of the verb. The goal of this section is to form a foundation to which the rest of the work can build from. The second chapter moves away from the traditional approach to defining the text-linguistic approach in Hebrew Syntax. The section will examine the purpose of syntax according to a text-linguistic approach developed by Harald Weinrich and its application to the biblical Hebrew language as advanced by grammarians such as Wolfgang Schneider and Alviero Niccacci. The next section of this chapter will focus on the same two major pans in syntax, as in chapter one, except from a text-linguistic mind-frame, which are the functions of the clause and of the verb. The final piece to this chapter will outline a tagging system in order to test the validity behind the text-linguistic's claims. Through applying a tagging system to the whole of the Minor Prophets a complete picture can emerge revealing the syntactical purposes on the use of a type of a clause in relation to a certain type of a verb. Chapters three and four have a twofold purpose: first, examine the tagged clauses in each book in the Minor Prophets according to a text-linguistic approach. This task will compile the results of the verb usage in each book according to verb type, such as "wayyiqtols or yiqtols", and text type, whether narrative or discourse. An examination on the use of macrosytactical signals within the individual books is another factor of consideration for they appear to guide the reader along the communication process through structuring the text. The second purpose is to examine the consistency of a text-linguistic approach to syntax through its application in each individual book as well as over an entire section of biblical text. The Minor Prophets are divided into two parts with chapter three focusing on the books of Hosea through Micah and chapter four on Nahum through Malachi. The end goal of both chapters is to examine the texts of the Minor Prophets as a whole to determine if its approach to syntax is validated. The final chapter will consider all of the findings in chapters three and four, and make application to the field of Hebrew syntax. To achieve this task a comparison between the traditional and text-linguistic approaches are necessary if conclusions are to be drawn. Furthermore, a brief synopsis of other text-linguistic approaches is helpful as it further clarifies the distributional approach and its possibilities as a viable method to Hebrew grammar and syntax. The study provides a final consideration on the possibility of combining the traditional approach with the distributional approach. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Verbs, Syntax, Contrastive Linguistics, Morphemes, Grammar, Phrase Structure, Authors, Written Language, Biblical Literature, Language Usage, Discourse Analysis, Models
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