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On the Distribution of Major and Minor Pause in Tiberian Hebrew in the Light of the Variants of the Second Person Independent Pronouns*

Vincent DeCaen

in Journal of Semitic Studies

Published on behalf of University of Manchester

Volume 50, issue 2, pages 321-327
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 0022-4480
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1477-8556 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jss/fgi040
On the Distribution of Major and Minor Pause in Tiberian Hebrew in the Light of the Variants of the Second Person Independent Pronouns*

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This paper establishes for the first time the nature and distribution of Tiberian Hebrew (TH) pausal phonology. The results are consistent with the proposal by Dresher (1994) that TH pause is a direct function of intonational phrase boundaries. His prosodic analysis is extended here by establishing the half-verse as the maximal prosodic domain for TH phonology. It is on this basis that we can explain the statistical distribution of pause at syntactic and accentual phrase boundaries, extending the first approximation of the syntactic projection of TH pause delineated in Revell (1980). The results reported here define a long-term research programme in TH prosody.

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Subjects: Middle Eastern History ; Middle Eastern Languages ; Literary Studies - World ; Biblical Studies

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