Event Title

Searching Beyond Morphology with SHEBANQ

Location

Seminary Room N110

Start Date

10-2-2017 11:00 AM

End Date

10-2-2017 11:30 AM

Description

Bible software offers us great tools for morphological queries. However, what if one does not want to be restricted by the morphological interpretation that is provided with Bible software? For instance, what if one wants to find all verbal forms that have a perfect (*) ending (representing the 1sgC paradigmatic form in grammars). One could search for all 1sgC forms but won’t find all (??) endings (e.g., (*) [Jer 2:20] is not found). This occurs because Bible software searches for morphological interpretation, but not for the actual form/phenomenon in the Hebrew Bible. We, therefore, need other tools that allow us to search the service text instead of the interpretative layer that is put on them. As part of an interdisciplinary BibleOL research project I have to find all ambiguous verbal forms in the Hebrew Bible (e.g., 3sgF and 2sgM imperfect/yiqtol forms look identical but receive different morphological interpretations). The https://shebanq .ancient-data.org/ platform builds a bridge between research questions and the “raw” Hebrew text. With this tool foundational linguistic and morphological research can be carried out. This paper will demonstrate with different examples how one is able to formulate queries that find specific sets of ambiguous Hebrew forms.

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(*) hebrew language characters used in abstract, but not translated into html. For the abstract with Hebrew characters, see the Program Book, page 23.

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Feb 10th, 11:00 AM Feb 10th, 11:30 AM

Searching Beyond Morphology with SHEBANQ

Seminary Room N110

Bible software offers us great tools for morphological queries. However, what if one does not want to be restricted by the morphological interpretation that is provided with Bible software? For instance, what if one wants to find all verbal forms that have a perfect (*) ending (representing the 1sgC paradigmatic form in grammars). One could search for all 1sgC forms but won’t find all (??) endings (e.g., (*) [Jer 2:20] is not found). This occurs because Bible software searches for morphological interpretation, but not for the actual form/phenomenon in the Hebrew Bible. We, therefore, need other tools that allow us to search the service text instead of the interpretative layer that is put on them. As part of an interdisciplinary BibleOL research project I have to find all ambiguous verbal forms in the Hebrew Bible (e.g., 3sgF and 2sgM imperfect/yiqtol forms look identical but receive different morphological interpretations). The https://shebanq .ancient-data.org/ platform builds a bridge between research questions and the “raw” Hebrew text. With this tool foundational linguistic and morphological research can be carried out. This paper will demonstrate with different examples how one is able to formulate queries that find specific sets of ambiguous Hebrew forms.