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Mnemonic: Medieval Period

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Author(s): Vidro, Nadia
Mnemonics (Hebrew סימנים simanim) are words or phrases intended to assist memory. Rabbinic and medieval texts employ various techniques for creating mnemonic signs. Some mnemonics are formed from Biblical or Talmudic phrases, proverbs, or sentences made up of catchwords each referring to a different topic or saying. Others are alphabetical, i.e., composed of initial letters of catchwords to be remembered, resulting either in existing Hebrew words or in meaningless combinations of letters. This article deals only with the latter type of mnemonics. 1. Mnemonics in Rabbinic Lite…

Paradigm

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Author(s): Vidro, Nadia
A paradigm is a systematically arranged example of the inflection of a noun, verb, or other inflected part of speech. Paradigms were extensively used in the Greek, Syriac, and Latin linguistic traditions but do not appear in Arabic grammatical writings before the 13th century C.E. The earliest known Hebrew paradigm was composed in the first half of the 10th century. 1. Verbal Paradigms Used by Rabbanite Grammarians The first Hebrew verbal paradigm is found in Saʿadya Gaon’s grammar Kitāb faṣīḥ luġat al-ʿibrāniyyīn “The Book of Elegance of the Language of the Hebrews”. Saʿady…