Abstract

Abstract:

אָמְנָם ,אָמְנָה, and אֻמְנָם are cognate adverbs that are are often translated alike ("truly," "really," or "indeed"). While they may be semantically alike, they are used differently. אָמְנָה marks an assertion of fact supported by proof. אָמְנָם is a conversational device expressing opinion or argumentation; it also is used to register agreement or a premise that will be developed or modified further along. אֻמְנָם is also a conversational device but occurs only in strong rhetorical questions. It too does not address fact but questions or strongly doubts a prior assertion, inference, or conversational situation. In other words, the differences among ,אָמְנָה אָמְנָם , and אֻמְנָם have interpretive value.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1934-3876
Print ISSN
0021-9231
Pages
pp. 63-77
Launched on MUSE
2019-04-17
Open Access
No
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