By Stanley E. Porter

The first a part of this quantity features a precis of this crucial quarter of research in either Septuagintal and New testomony Greek, and a assessment of those concerns within the context of linguistic learn as a rule. A moment half contains contributions on elements of analysis into the Greek of either Testaments, that includes either new components of study, comparable to serious discourse research, and extra conventional matters comparable to the character of the Septuagint translation.

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1974 The Language and Linguistic Background of the Isaiah Scroll (IQIsa") (Leiden: EJ. Brill). 1982 A History of the Hebrew Language (ed. Raphael Kutscher; Jerusalem: Magnes Press). Lambdin, Thomas O. 1971 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons). SMITH The Question ofDiglossia in Ancient Hebrew 51 1978 Introduction to Classical Ethiopic (HSS, 24, Atlanta: Scholars Press). , and John Huehnergard 1985 'Historical Grammar of Biblical Hebrew: Outline' (Cambridge, MA: Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University).

L-forms). g. that of Norfolk Island), too many others comprise round pegs that cannot be pounded into this square hole. The dividing line WATT The Current Landscape of Diglossia Studies 31 between language and dialect is fuzzy, and the compounding problematics posed by register and/or style and community/individual repertoire contribute even further to the tension. Some allowance must be made for variants and tertiary codes! Secondly, even those who agree upon an optimum school of diglossia show tensions arising between form and function.

1. 48 Diglossia and Other Topics in New Testament Linguistics us to infer that the local dialect visible in the letters is the native, spoken language. The implication, therefore, is that preterite forms in the Amarna corpus are non-literary and colloquial. Our most direct evidence for the non-literary usage of BH wawconsecutives comes from the ancient letters. Although these letters lack the quantity of the narrative content necessary to require frequent use of waw-consecutive imperfects, inclusion of the Yavneh Yam letter produces unambiguous evidence.

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