Coordination: Biblical Hebrew
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The term ‘coordination’ refers to the linking of two words, phrases, or clauses of the same syntactic status, but indicating different entities, properties, situations, or activities. In Biblical Hebrew, this is accomplished mostly, though not necessarily, by means of the conjunction waw, viz., וְ- - ‘and’ (thus its standard form), a coordinating particle (coordinator) which operates on different levels. Other coordinators include disjunctive אוֹ ʾo ‘or’; adversative אַךְ ʾaḵ ‘but’, only between clauses; and causative כִּי ‘for’ (consequentiality has no particular in…

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Polak, Frank, “Coordination: Biblical Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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