Finding waw-disjunctives in Hebrew

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Joshua Jensen | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Aug 31 2021 6:01 AM

I want to count all the waw-disjunctives in Genesis. My idea right now for getting at an approximate number of the waw-disjunctives involving a Noun (phrase) is to search the Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible for Topical Frames:

<LDHB = Topical Frame> 

But this also gives me instances of fronting with no waw. So how to I make sure the that the phrase marked as a Topical Frame begins with a waw? I thought I could make a first pass with

<LDHB = Topical Frame> INTERSECTS ו

But no results. Anyone else have any ideas?

(It would be nice to skip the discourse marking and just create a search in which a noun phrase with prefixed waw- precedes the verb that it is the subject/object of. But It's not obvious how to do that. And then there would be the non-verbal clauses to deal with..)

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 1 2021 2:23 AM

There is no simple Search solution and I can only work with the Hebrew constructs you have supplied!

<LDHB = Topical Frame> produces results in a number of Hebrew bibles, but 

<LDHB = Topical Frame> INTERSECTS ו

only gets results in SESB 2, but it is not sufficient to ensure the Topical Frame begins with the waw (INTERSECTS means it can be anywhere in the Frame).

I get more success with <LDHB = Topical Frame> INTERSECTS lemma:וְ   but I'm not sure if that is the correct waw-conjunction.

I will try a Syntax Search later

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 1 2021 4:38 AM

Dave Hooton:
I will try a Syntax Search later

This might be what you are after

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The first Clause IC is described as "A coordinating waw that is typically the first constituent in a clause".

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Joshua Jensen | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 1 2021 7:04 AM

This is great, Dave, thanks very much. I should learn how to do syntax searches! This gets me off to a good start.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 7 2021 10:33 AM

Joshua Jensen:
I should learn how to do syntax searches!

Part of my strategy for syntax search is starting with a Morph Search: 

lemma:וְ BEFORE 1 CHARS <LogosMorphHeb ~ N?????> BEFORE 1 WORD <LogosMorphHeb ~ V????????>

Morph Search can be refined:

(lemma:וְ BEFORE 1 CHARS <LogosMorphHeb ~ N?????> BEFORE 1 WORD <LogosMorphHeb ~ V????????>) INTERSECTS <LDHB = Topical Frame> 

Morph Search shows verses that Syntax Search should include (have experienced needing to expand Syntax Search to include relevant verses).

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 7 2021 7:04 PM

Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :):
Part of my strategy for syntax search is starting with a Morph Search: 

Correct. Here is a simplified Syntax Search with more results

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