And the Biblical Hebrew Negative Response

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It is agreed that Biblical Hebrew (BH) does not have a word for "Yes!" and that the BH positive answer uses what linguists call the echo system. On the other hand, used independently as a negative answer is frequently understood as a negative answer particle ("No!"). Upon considering the evidence from BH and languages in general, the first half of this paper argues that used as such is a negative verbal clause, with the verbal part being omitted. The second half attempts to schematize various forms of the BH negative responses using .

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-414
Number of pages13
JournalVetus Testamentum
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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