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"Biblical Hebrew Grammar Visualized" by Francis Andersen & A. Dean Forbes


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It would be nice to have in Accordance "Biblical Hebrew Grammar Visualized" by Francis I. Andersen & A. Dean Forbes, Eisenbrauns: 2012. 416 pp; ISBN: 978-1-57506-229-7


It provides a different approach than Davidson, Gesenius-Kautzsch-Cowley, Joüon-Muraoka, Waltke & O'Connor, and Williams.




In Biblical Hebrew Grammar Visualized, Andersen and Forbes approach the grammar of Biblical Hebrew from the perspective of corpus linguistics. Their pictorial representations of the clauses making up the biblical texts show the grammatical functions (subject, object, and so on) and semantic roles (surrogate, time interval, and so on) of clausal constituents, as well as the grammatical relations that bind the constituents into coherent structures.

The book carefully introduces the Andersen-Forbes approach to text preparation and characterization. It describes and tallies the kinds of phrases and clauses encountered across all of Biblical Hebrew. It classifies and gives examples of the major constituents that form clauses, focusing especially on the grammatical functions and semantic roles. The book presents the structures of the constituents and uses their patterns of incidence both to examine constituent order (“word order”) and to characterize the relations among verb corpora. It expounds in detail the characteristics of quasiverbals, verbless clauses, discontinuous and double-duty clausal constituents, and supra-clausal structures.

The book is intended for students of Biblical Hebrew at all levels. Beginning students will readily grasp the basic grammatical structures making up the clauses, because these are few and fairly simple. Intermediate and advanced students will profit from the detailed descriptions and comparative analyses of all of the structures making up the biblical texts. Scholars will find fresh ways of addressing open problems, while gaining glimpses of new research approaches and topics along the way.


Table of Contents


1. Introduction: What We Mean by “Biblical Hebrew,” “Grammar,” and “Visualized”

2. Text Division

3. Parts of Speech

4. Phrase Marker Concepts and Terminology

5. The Basic Phrase Types of Biblical Hebrew

6. Complex Phrases in Biblical Hebrew

7. Main Clauses

8. Embedded Clauses

9. Classifying Clause Immediate Constituents

10. Semantic Role CICs

11. Introduction to Clause Immediate Constituent Composition, Incidence, and Ordering

12. The אמר Corpus

13. The היה Corpus

14. The עשה Corpus

15. The נתן Corpus

16. Makeup of Clause Immediate Constituent Subtypes

17. Computing the Distances between Verb Corpora

18. The Five Quasiverbals

19. Verbless Clauses

20. Non-Tree Phrase Markers

21. Discourse Analysis and Supra-Clausal Structures

Appendix 1. Text Choice, Corrections, and Reductions

Appendix 2. Our Approach to Linguistics

Appendix 3. Alternate Approaches to Positional Syntax

Appendix 4. Indirect Object Alternation in the

אמר Corpus

Appendix 5. Compositional Analysis

Appendix 6. Two-CIC VLCs as Novel Sentences

Appendix 7. Enhancements to Our Database




Index of Authors

Index of Scripture

Index of Topics


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Agreed. This should accompany their database that is also supposed to come out in Accordance. 

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I would say +1000. Really anything in the LSAWS series is welcome here, Especially this volume and Pardee and Birdreuil's Ugaritic Manual. 

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