2) Scholars have long observed that in certain contexts, the Hebrew negative interrogative seems to warrant an asseverative meaning.
Essentially, Brongers operates under the assumption that the asseverative meaning stems from the nature of the negative interrogative rhetorical question, which usually expects a positive response.
5) refers to the negative forms in the asseverative paradigm in OB.
127/3 and 134/1), which are simply not precative, nor are they asseverative.
if ['im] I do X"); (b) the word Id has frequently been analyzed as an asseverative
particle ("indeed"), or even as a conditional particle (cf.
In spite of claims since antiquity that the Homeric particle results from the univerbation of the elided clitic conjunction [tau][epsilon] and the apocopated asseverative
particle [alpha][rho][alpha] (e.
But the sense of 'doch' that this word may signal is not 'however', as it is rendered in English (which is the antithesis of asseveration), but rather the strongly asseverative
'certainly' (incorrect translation).
The type c paronomastic infinitive (Cohen 2004: [section]3) is used like the asseverative
, for insistence, as well as for rhetorical concessives (which is what we have here; see Cohen 2005a: 60-65).
The third subtype, however, is distinct from the first two subtypes, in constituting one, rather than two entities: the entire construction is often interchangeable with an asseverative
form (lu aprus).
l- form as the underlying form for lams of both the asseverative
type (Arabic lam of emphasis, in-) and the precative type (Arabic lam of command, li-).
This alternation belongs to a category of Syro-Mesopotamian personal and geographical names prefixed with the asseverative
or, less often, negative particle la- (before a or a consonant) or l- (before another vowel).
298) allows for the possibility of asseverative
lu, u-ma-[al-li/la], but this spelling seems unlikely at Emar, where the feminine verbs take the precative particle spelled lu-u (lu, necessary before the t-prefix).