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Title

Against binarism, simplicity, neatness and stasis. A theoretical prolegomenon to the reality of verbal grams in Biblical Hebrew: From the complexity of semantic maps to the uncomplicatedness of psychological conceptualizations

Journal title

Folia Orientalia

Yearbook

2017

Numer

vol. LIV

Publication authors

Keywords

Biblical Hebrew ; verbal system ; TAM ; semantic maps ; modeling ; cognition

Divisions of PAS

Nauki Humanistyczne i Społeczne

Abstract

Developed within the frame of cognitive linguistics and cognitive science, the present paper argues that the wave-stream model is a more adequate manner of representing verbal grams in Biblical Hebrew than neat models built on discrete, binary and static categories. Taking as examples two Biblical Hebrew verbal grams (WAYYIQTOL and QATAL) and building on the empirical evidence concerning the senses conveyed by these two forms in the book of Genesis, the author demonstrates the following: a) Neat, binary, discrete and static models correspond to “folk” representations of reality; b) A more adequate representation, which preserves the complex nature of language and its components, is provided by the wave-stream model; c) The wave-stream model additionally suggests the psychological reality of the grams or their conceptualizations by speakers. As a result, the wave-stream model has both etic (language centric) and emic (psychological or human centric) dimensions, the latter being derived in a principled manner.

Publisher

Polish Academy of Sciences — Cracow Branch

Date

2017.12.15

Type

Artykuł

Identifier

ISSN 0015-5675

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