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dc.contributor.advisorHuehnergard, Johnen_US
dc.contributor.authorBeckman, John Charlesen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-17T16:29:03Z
dc.date.created2015-05en_US
dc.date.issued2015-03-31en_US
dc.date.submitted2015en_US
dc.identifier.citationBeckman, John Charles. 2015. Toward the Meaning of the Biblical Hebrew Piel Stem. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:17463966
dc.description.abstractThe biblical Hebrew D stem (piel) seems to be inconsistent from verb to verb, both in its meaning and in its relationship to the G stem (qal). For example, the D stem has a higher valency than the G stem for some verbs (e.g., קדשׁ G ‘to be holy’, D ‘to make holy’), whereas for other verbs, the G and D stems seem to be interchangeable (e.g., שׁבר־1 can be glossed ‘to break’ in both the G and D stems). The dominant explanation for this is by Waltke and O’Connor (1990), who draw upon earlier work by Jenni (1968) and Goetze (1942). They posit that the D stem is factitive/resultative, meaning that it describes the subject causing a passive undersubject to enter a state without describing the process. Thus שׁבר־1, which means ‘to break’ (process) in the G stem, means ‘to make broken’ (resultative) in the D stem. By developing criteria to detect this distinction and by examining every occurrence of every verb in the Hebrew Bible, we found that the D stem has a process meaning far more often than a resultative meaning, contrary to Waltke and O’Connor’s hypothesis. Furthermore, their hypothesis cannot explain verbs that lack a direct object in the D stem. As an alternate explanation, Kouwenberg (1997, 2010) argued that the D stem originally expressed verbal intensity but then developed a variety of meanings, including verbal plurality and high semantic transitivity. In addition to having cross-linguistic support, this hypothesis also passed all three tests that we devised regarding its use in the Hebrew Bible: (1) The D stem adds an agent only to verbs that have low semantic transitivity in the G stem. (2) For verbs with roughly the same meaning in the D and G stems, the D stem is more likely in contexts that have high verbal plurality or (3) high semantic transitivity. Nevertheless, the difference in likelihood is often slight. Furthermore, the flexibility of Kouwenberg’s explanation makes it difficult to falsify, even in theory. Therefore, the level of support for Kouwenberg’s hypothesis is modest.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNear Eastern Languages and Civilizationsen_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dash.licenseLAAen_US
dc.subjectLanguage, Ancienten_US
dc.titleToward the Meaning of the Biblical Hebrew Piel Stemen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorBeckman, John Charlesen_US
dc.date.available2015-07-17T16:29:03Z
thesis.degree.date2015en_US
thesis.degree.grantorGraduate School of Arts & Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHackett, Jo Annen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLevenson, Jonen_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
thesis.degree.departmentNear Eastern Languages and Civilizationsen_US
dash.identifier.vireohttp://etds.lib.harvard.edu/gsas/admin/view/196en_US
dc.description.keywordsHebrew; biblical Hebrew; Hebrew verbs; biblical Hebrew verbs; D stem; piel; factitive; transitivityen_US
dash.author.emailjohn.beckman@post.harvard.eduen_US
dash.identifier.drsurn-3:HUL.DRS.OBJECT:25163853en_US
dash.identifier.orcid0000-0003-0098-8824en_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedBeckman, John Charles
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0003-0098-8824


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