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Meeting Program Units

2021 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins11/20/2021
Meeting Ends11/23/2021

Call for Papers Opens: 1/20/2021
Call for Papers Closes: 3/24/2021

Requirements for Participation

Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew


Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew program unit solicits papers for four sessions: The FIRST SESSION is non-thematic / open. We invite papers that address the study of Biblical Hebrew using a well-articulated linguistic theory and/or apply linguistics to particular Biblical Hebrew constructions or corpuses. The SECOND SESSION is a thematic session entitled “Argument Alignment in Biblical Hebrew.” Biblical Hebrew is commonly viewed as a ‘nominative–accusative’ language, but various constructions have been characterized as having ‘non-canonical’ subjects. The verbal stem (binyan) system also contributes to syntactic diversity. We invite papers on these and related topics in ancient Hebrew, including, but not limited to, differential argument marking, argument alteration, omission, types of subject, complementation. The THIRD SESSION, co-sponsored with the Masoretic Studies section, is entitled “Developments in Ancient Hebrew Traditions: Between Natural and Deliberate Change.” The various traditions of ancient Hebrew show evidence of historical development. Many innovations likely reflect spontaneous development representative of natural language use. Others bear the hallmarks of considered and intentional interventions. We invite contributions focused on linguistic development in the Masoretic transmission of Biblical Hebrew and in Samaritan tradition from the perspective of the continuum of natural versus deliberate change, treating features on various levels of the language, e.g., phonology and vocalization, morphology, syntax, semantics, and prosody (accentual systems). The FOURTH SESSION is a joint open session with NAPH, 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. Contact: Tania Notarius tnotarius@gmail.com; Aaron Hornkohl adh44@cam.ac.uk

Program Unit Chairs

Aaron Hornkohl
Tania Notarius

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