The Distribution of Verbal Forms in Biblical Aramaic
Journal of Semitic Studies
The standard grammars for Biblical Aramaic treat the verb primarily in terms of tense and Aktionsart. The theory of H.B. Rosen, which is based on a distinction between point aspect verbs and linear aspect verbs, constitutes the one significant alternative to the standard view. The present article interacts with these two proposals and suggests a new approach — distributional analysis. Such analysis has been applied with great success in Hebrew studies, but not in research on the verb in Biblical Aramaic. The thesis here is that Biblical Aramaic has a primary verbal form for narrative (qctal) and a primary verbal form for discourse (yiqtul).
Biblical studies, Daniel, Aramaic
Shepherd, Michael B., "The Distribution of Verbal Forms in Biblical Aramaic" (2007). Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications. 292.