On Wed, 17 Apr 2002 22:10:26 +1200 Wesley Parish
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> As far as other Semitic languages go, I know a bit of Hebrew -
> Classical, aka
> Biblical, not modern `Ivrit. And that is strictly VSO - but one
> thing you
> have to watch out for in Classical Hebrew is its wonderful
> sentence structure. VSO, and VSO, and VSO, and VSO ... that is
> allied to
> the incorporation of a w/u- modified "imperfective" tense/aspect as
> a strictly narrative tense.
> Wesley Parish
Although you still have to watch out for abnormal orderings used for
poetic emphasis/confusion, such as the famous(?) line from one of the
Prophets (i think Yesha`yahu/Isaiah) that goes _k'ekhol qash leshon
eish_, which can either mean "as straw consumes a flame" if you read it
with standard VSO order, or "as a flame consumes straw" if you read it as
VOS. I'm pretty sure there are a whole bunch of homiletic discourses
based solely on this ambiguous sentence.
"`od yavo' shalom `aleinu, ve`al kulam."