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Deflected Agreement in the Book of Mormon
|Title||Deflected Agreement in the Book of Mormon|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Authors||Smith, Andrew C.|
|Journal||Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture|
|Keywords||Arabic; Authenticity; Deflected Agreement; Demonstrative Agreement; Grammar; Historicity; Language; Language - Hebrew; Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Printer's Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Pronominal Agreement; Semitic; Structure; Verbal Agreement|
Deflected agreement is a grammatical phenomenon found in Semitic languages—it is ubiquitous in Arabic and found occasionally in Classical Hebrew. Deflected agreement is a plausible explanation for certain grammatical incongruities present, in translation, within the original and printer’s manuscripts and printed editions of the Book of Mormon in the grammatical areas of verbal, pronominal, and demonstrative agreement. This finding gives greater credence to the plausibility of the authenticity and historicity of the Book of Mormon. Additionally, the implications of this finding on Book of Mormon scholarship are discussed.
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