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2023 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, Texas

Meeting Begins11/18/2023
Meeting Ends11/21/2023

Call for Papers Opens: 1/23/2023
Call for Papers Closes: 3/14/2023

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Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew Section solicits papers for four sessions: The FIRST SESSION is non-thematic and open to a range of linguistically informed papers. 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 corpora. The SECOND SESSION is a thematic session entitled ‘Linguistic Approaches to Form Criticism and Genre Analysis’. This topic touches on the most traditional issues of biblical studies—form criticism, textual growth, and literary genre of biblical compositions. Many of these issues should be approached from a linguistic point of view: the digital corpus analysis of lexicon, phraseology, and grammatical constructions opens new perspectives on the analysis of the linguistic profile of texts and their interrelations; the definition of literary genres correlates with text-linguistics and discourse analysis. We invite papers that combine linguistic and literary methods of text analysis. The THIRD SESSION, co-sponsored with the Biblical Lexicography section is entitled ‘Semantic Shift in Hebrew Bible, and its Lexical Definitions’. The primary area of interest for this session is to study the phenomenon of semantic shift, i.e., how words and phrases take on different shades of meaning across different ‘sub-canons’ within the corpus of the Hebrew Bible, either synchronically or diachronically, and how this should be represented in lexicographical entries. 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 corpora are especially encouraged.

Program Unit Chairs

Aaron Hornkohl
Tania Notarius

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