Fronting and exhaustive exclusion in Biblical Hebrew

  • Christo H.J. van der Merwe
Keywords: Focus, fronting, exhaustive exclusion, information structure, exhaustive inclusion, negation, topic

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Focus, fronting, exhaustive exclusion, information structure, exhaustive inclusion, negation, topic

Published
2018-02-14
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 2223-9936
print ISSN: 1027-3417