Syntactic patterns of quantifier float in biblical Hebrew

The quantifier [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] may appear after the constituent with which it is associated, in which case it obligatorily hosts a resumptive pronoun. The constituents are inter alia clausal subjects, direct objects of the verb, objects of subcategorized prepositions, objects of adj...

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Published in: Hebrew studies no. 52; pp. 121 - 136
Main Author: Naude, Jacobus A
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Published: National Association of Professors of Hebrew 2011
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Summary: The quantifier [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] may appear after the constituent with which it is associated, in which case it obligatorily hosts a resumptive pronoun. The constituents are inter alia clausal subjects, direct objects of the verb, objects of subcategorized prepositions, objects of adjunct prepositions, and vocatives. This paper will focus on two important syntactic features of quantifier float in Biblical Hebrew. First, it will be shown that although the floated quantifier ordinarily follows the constituent it modifies, other distributional patterns are also possible. Second, attention will be paid to the patterns of agreement between the resumptive pronoun and its referent. Although the resumptive pronoun ordinarily agrees with the constituent it resumes in person and number, there are significant and principled exceptions to this generalization, which will be described and explained.
ISSN: 0146-4094
2158-1681