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Exceptive Construction
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The term ‘exceptive construction’ denotes a dependent clause or phrase which restricts, excludes, or opposes parts of the content of a preceding main clause. Although constructions conveying all three of these meanings have the same structure in Biblical Hebrew, those which express opposition are sometimes regarded as adversative, and are accordingly treated together with other adversative constructions, which in Biblical Hebrew are usually introduced by particles whose meaning is ‘but’, e.g., אוּלָם ʾūlå̄m, אֲבָל ʾăḇå̄l, and also the conjunction -וְ wə- (on the confusion am…

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Zewi, Tamar, “Exceptive Construction”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000921>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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