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Apposition. Medieval Grammatical Tradition
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Medieval Hebrew grammarians were fully aware of the use of apposition in the language of the Bible and described it in detail. According to Téné (1956: Chapter 6, §§73–77; see also §§240–241; Becker 1999:339–341), of the four types of apposition recognized by Arabic grammarians, R. Jonah ibn Janāḥ chose two, “full apposition” and “partial apposition”, and provided numerous examples of both; for example, the apposition in וַיָּשֻׁ֣בוּ הַמַּ֗יִם וַיְכַסּ֤וּ אֶת־הָרֶ֙כֶב֙ וְאֶת־הַפָּ֣רָשִׁ֔ים לְכֹל֙ חֵ֣יל פַּרְעֹ֔ה way-yaš-šūḇū ham-mayim wa-yḵassū ʾɛṯ-hå̄-rɛḵɛḇ wǝ-ʾɛṯ hap-på̄rå̄šīm lǝ-…

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Maman, Aharon, “Apposition. Medieval Grammatical Tradition”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 11 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_SIM_000557>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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