n Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages - Valence patterns of motion verbs : syntax, semantics, and linguistic variation

Volume 43 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0131


In our previous articles we used a flow chart to analyse Hebrew verbs occurring with two direct objects. In the present article, we apply the same approach to verbs having a locative as complement, such as motion verbs, stationary verbs, and verbs whereby the direct object is moved. Using the hierarchically ordered questions in the flow chart, these various types of verbs are subjected to the same treatment whereby similarities between classes of verbs come to light. Furthermore, this article looks at the differences between texts in the distribution of the patterns occurring with particular verbs. Such information could help expose linguistic variation which needs to be explained by general linguistic features, by Hebrew grammar rules, and by factors such as language change and textual transmission.

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