Biblical Hebrew nominal clause : definitions of subject and predicate

Christo H.J Van Der Merwe, Tamar Zewi

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Three lines of thought are distinguished. The first defines subject and predicate by logical functional sentence perspective terms referring to "known" versus "new information". The second prefers more formal criteria for identification of the notions subject and predicate. In these approaches "subject" and "predicate" are syntactic categories, with which the functional categories do not necessarily have a one-to-one relationship. The third line considers the nominal clause as basically tripartite and its appearance in a bipartite form is a consequence of deletion. This approach is generally developed within the realm of the generative approach. In the more functional and formal approaches alike, the notions "context" and "definiteness" play an important role. Less clear is the notional frame of reference within which each of these notions must be understood.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-99
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Northwest Semitic Languages
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


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