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Topic, Focus and Foreground in Ancient Hebrew Narratives

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Topic, Focus and Foreground in Ancient Hebrew Narratives by Jean-Marc Heimerdinger
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This study breaks new ground in describing how various linguistic and pragmatic mechanisms affect both the form of the narrative clause and the arrangement of the grammatical elements. The various possible forms that a narrative clause can take are classified in terms of their 'topic-comment' and 'focus-presupposition', and it is argued that the way in which these are articulated dictates the word order in the clause. The outcome of the study demonstrates that the traditional binary distinction between foreground and background, based purely on verb forms, is inadequate. A new model is offered showing how foregrounding is achieved by exploiting cognitive structures or by using specific evaluative devices.

Author Biography

Jean-Marc Heimerdinger is a lecturer in Hebrew and Judaism at London Bible College (Associated College of Brunel University), Northwood, Middlesex.
Release date NZ
August 1st, 1999
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
black & white illustrations
Sheffield Academic Press
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