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Bibil Identifier bibil:204059
Publication Type Journal article
Title (German, Long) Zum periphrastischen Infinitiv in Genesis viii 5
Author Gzella, Holger
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 58, Issue: 4-5)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language German
Pages 469-479 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The astonishing use of the double infinitive absolute with the verb, attested only in Gen. viii 5, has not yet been explained satisfactorily. The present paper argues that this construction is neither a variant form of the periphrastic participle, nor that serves as a pluperfect. Instead, the two infinitives provide an adverbial modification for the main verb by specifically marking durativity and/or iterativity. However, precisely the combination with appears to be special. The past tense indicator, itself being semantically void here, has been employed instead of a full verb, even though such a full verb would normally be expected with this expression, in order to retrieve a piece of information given in Gen. viii 3 and move it from the background to the foreground. It is thus the information structure which conditions the author's decision to explicitly mark the durative Aktionsart.
DOI 10.1163/156853308X312717
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew : Themes : Infinitive
Pericopes Genesis 8,5
Terms היה
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