New book on qatal/yiqtol in Ugaritic and Ancient Hebrew Poetry
From Gorgias Press: Silviu Tatu, The Qatal//Yiqtol (Yiqtol//Qatal) Verbal Sequence in Semitic Couplets: A Case Study in Systemic Functional Grammar with Applications on the Hebrew Psalter and Ugaritic Poetry. Gorgias Ugaritic Studies, Volume 3.
Excerpts from the blurb:
(The study) offers a survey of the most representative scholars who engaged
with the qatal//yiqtol verbal sequence in Hebrew poetry, and proposes a
verse-line delimitation method. The investigation that follows assesses the
utility of the Systemic Functional Grammar of English as proposed by M.A.K.
Halliday, for our enterprise, only to involve it next in creating a grammar
of this type for classical Hebrew…
Hebrew poetry is described by a multitude of features, of which parallelism
(at various levels), rhythm, conciseness and ellipsis, inter alia, are
particularly important. More recently, the qatal//yiqtol verbal sequence
entered the gallery of poetic devices as well. This research defends the
idea that the qatal//yiqtol verbal sequence is a poetic device in its own
right, used successfully by ancient poets in the Hebrew poetry of the
Psaltire and the alphabetic cuneiform tradition of Ugaritic poetry…
This study argues that qatal and yiqtol verbal forms, when part of the
qatal//yiqtol verbal sequence in Psalms’ poetic couplets, can be used
primarily for aesthetic reasons, with no individual reference to time or
This work attempts to apply the principles of systemic functionalism for the
first time to a corpus of Standard Hebrew prose texts, producing a tentative
Systemic Functional Grammar of Hebrew lexicogrammar.