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2018 Annual Meeting

Denver, CO

Meeting Begins11/17/2018
Meeting Ends11/21/2018

Call for Papers Opens: 12/18/2017
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2018

Requirements for Participation

Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew

Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew solicits papers for four sessions. The first session (co-sponsored with NAPH) is non-thematic/open and entitled “Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew.” Papers that address the study of Biblical Hebrew using a well-articulated linguistic method are welcome, and those that apply linguistics to particular Biblical Hebrew constructions or corpuses are especially encouraged. The second session is a thematic session entitled “Did the Israelites think differently? Revisiting the relationship of language and cognition in the light of linguistics.” The question of Hebrew versus Greek thinking has long been debated (e.g. by James Barr and Thorlief Boman), but the linguistic debate goes back to Sapir and Whorf. Papers that address the question of the relationship between ancient Hebrew language and culture using linguistics are welcome. The third session, co-sponsored with Masoretic Studies, is entitled “Similarities and Differences in Biblical Hebrew: Linguistic and Masoretic Perspectives.” Papers should address either linguistic or masoretic perspectives on topics such as consonantal doubling, the accusative particle, homonyms, hapax legomena, etc. or general similarities and differences in the language of the Hebrew Bible from the point of view of both Masorah and linguistics. The fourth session, co-sponsored with Philology in Hebrew Studies, is entitled “Issues in Language Change and Language Contact – Linguistic and Philological Perspectives”. Papers should address the topics of language change or language contact from a linguistic and/or philological perspective, with preference given to papers that address both perspectives.

Program Unit Chairs

Jacobus A. Naude
Tania Notarius

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