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Explicative wå̄w
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The coordinating conjunction wå̄w can indicate that a conjoined element explains an immediately preceding element; in English, the function is filled by ‘that is, i.e.’.

The Hebrew coordinating conjunction wå̄w, which can coordinate nouns, verbs, phrases, or clauses (Williams 2007:152), functions in a multitude of different ways, as noted by many (seven different uses according to Arnold and Choi 2003:146–149; thierteen different uses according to Williams 2007:152–156; over twenty different uses according to Clines 1995:596–598; thirty different uses according to HALOT 199…

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Baker, David W., “Explicative wå̄w”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 14 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000059>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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