oa Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics - Fronting and exhaustive exclusion in Biblical Hebrew - beyond Germanic and Africa - puzzles ancient and modern

Volume 48 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1027-3417
  • E-ISSN: 2223-9936



Biblical Hebrew scholars struggle to account for about one third of instances of fronting in the Hebrew Bible in terms of a coherent semantic-pragmatic model. I hypothesize that considering fronting as a construction (i.e. a form-meaning pair) that could encode various semantic-pragmatic functions, including “exhaustive exclusion”, could be one of the solutions to this challenge.

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