Reader Submitted Questions

This is the start of my new series of reader submitted questions. Questions and Answers about Hebrew I’m currently in the process of taking the questions of been asked in person and via email and formatting them to be published online.  This is just the first letter, expect more to come.  If you’d like to add to this list please feel free to contact me and ask me a question.  You can contact me via my contact form here.

Letter 1#

To whom it may concern,

Can you help me find out some information on the Hebrew language?

I’m sure that you are familiar with verb/noun tables such as those of Dr. Shaul Barclay, Asher Tammon, Barron’s, etc. As far as I know, Dr. Barclay’s tables are the most complete tables on the market. However, they have a great shortcoming: they only have an alphabetical index of lexemes that then refers you to tables. I want to see a list of tables that refers you to the lexemes that are represented by the tables. Could you please point me in the right direction?

Response: Hello (name withheld)

You’re right, Dr. Barclay’s tables are the most complete tables available.  Dr. Barclay has two different books of tables, one for verbs and the other for nouns.  The book for verbs lists verb paradigms based on verb irregularities and then lists how they would be conjugated in all their forms (present, future, past and in different genders and number).  The book of noun tables is similar in that it lists noun paradigms and then all of the different variations (present, future, past and in different genders and number) and possessive noun suffixes.

What you’ve described would be very interesting and helpful.  Unfortunately, I don’t think it exists yet.  I’ve looked for similar tables and only found the authors you mentioned.  Additionally, I haven’t found anything comprehensive in academic publications.  My guess is that it’s a lot of work and not in demand.  Also, a potential author would have to decide what vocabulary they wouldn’t want to include or not include.\ i.e. would the list include only Biblical Hebrew or also Modern Hebrew.

If you would be interested in just raw data, one option might be to contact the linguistics department at several Israeli universities and see what they can offer you.  They might have a large corpus that’s tagged according to the parameters that interest you.

I’m currently working on a table of Hebrew verb infinitives, however, it too won’t offer a list of lexemes corresponding to the items in the tables.  When it becomes available it will be sold on this site.

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