By Athalya Brenner
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It is inevitable therefore that the terms introduced ... will not necessarily carry the same implications as the same terms employed in other treatments of semantics". John Lyons, Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics, p. 403. a) Sign and Referent, Sense and Meaning A verbal sign is a lexical unit, be it a word or a similar speech unit (See b) below, "Word and lexeme") which constitutes a part of a linguistic entity and communicates a message concerning some non-linguistic entity, or state. (Verbal signs like tlN, *yy, 1 have no one-to-one equivalents in the nonlinguistic world.
Still, they possess sufficient formal features ("fia*, TpJ*, *TpJ>*) or referential associations (MOpI, nil'ia'ton*) T T -r Tj. to make them part of the field. This structural framework - a number of categories of direct colour terms arranged in a descending order, followed by groups of indirect categories - will be observed for the description of the field in both biblical Hebrew (Part II) and Middle Hebrew (Part III). i)m in Hebrew) . 2) General considerations concerning the relations between word classes - 'verbs', 'adjectives' and 'nouns' - in biblical Hebrew.
This could be one of the criteria for deciding upon the status of the lexeme Tin, which is a hapax legomenon in OT Hebrew (Isa. 1 nEsth. 1:6, 8:15; Vifl - Gen. 40:16; and 'lit! - Isa. 19:9), while • T undoubtedly of a primary position in the field of colour in Aramaic. h) When it is difficult to determine the monolexemic status, morphological complexity can serve as a secondary criterion. >* ,171171'' outside the range of primary terms. When applying this procedure of multiple criteria examination to biblical Hebrew and to its cognates, the differences between Berlin-Kay's material and ours must be emphasized, Whereas they deal principally with 'living' spoken languages, we are dealing with ancient and, for us, literary languages.
Colour Terms in the Old Testament by Athalya Brenner