Midwest SBL Paper Download

I am back from the Midwest SBL regional meeting this weekend. My paper went well, though about half the room glazed over and began drooling before I was even out of the introduction (linguistics isn’t for everyone). The meeting was very welcoming and I met some very nice colleagues, professors and grad students alike. It was also nice to meet fellow bibliobloggers James McGrath, Michael Halcomb, and J Brian Tucker.

As promised, here is the .pdf for the paper I delivered Saturday morning.

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8 Comments on “Midwest SBL Paper Download”

  1. Mike Aubrey Says:

    My wife is going to be so excited to read this (and I’m already excited)! Thanks, Peter!

    If I was still in the Midwest, I probably would have been on the edge of my seat through your paper.

    I love this first note:

    See James Barr, “’Determination’ and the Definite Article in Biblical Hebrew,” JSS 34/2 (1989): 308, who notes that the more comprehensive German grammars of Bergsträsser and also Bauer and Leander never made it to syntax
    at all.”

    Can a grammar be comprehensive if it doesn’t make it to syntax!?! I got a good laugh out of that — though sadly, it true for more than just Hebrew “comprehensive” grammars…


  2. I like the clarity of your presentation – thanks. I would not have gone to sleep if I had been there :)


  3. but I would have asked some questions. Notably, I can’t see ‘line’ as optimum analog for identifying all possible linguistic uses of ‘the’. Frame is a useful concept. I get from your paper that definiteness may be used to confirm in story that a frame has been created by the raconteur. In the prior sentence of this comment there is a generic definiteness to raconteur because the anarthrous ‘story’ implies a story-teller.

    If I met a definite Hebrew article, I would probably translate it into English for exactly that reason. So far I mostly work with poetry and I have often been faced with wanting a definite in English where there is not one in Hebrew, but never the reverse. I am glad to see the problem more clearly. Thanks

    • Peter Bekins Says:

      Bob, by “line” I assume you are referring to my linear identifiability scale. Identifiability is only the prototypical use of the definite article, there are also secondary semantic and syntactic uses, so I would agree that all cases cannot be put on the line.


  4. Thanks for this Peter, it was good to speak with you as well.


  5. [...] Peter Bekins of בלשנות literally had the audience drooling over linguistics at the Midwest SBL. [...]


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