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Names of People: Biblical Hebrew
(2,216 words)

Personal names are a subcategory of proper names. The latter consists of nominals that refer to a specific object, place, person, persons, or class, and no other. Personal names identify individual persons, whether divine (Tetragrammaton) or human. In English and related languages, linguists identify common nouns as having sense, but not reference. Thus ‘human’ as a common noun has sense. One can look up the word in a dictionary and find a definition. However, it does not refer to a particular human and so does not have reference. However, a personal name such as Adam does have reference…

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Hess, Richard S., “Names of People: Biblical Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000229>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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