Benefits of a Principled Analysis of BH Prepositions

I recently received the final proof of an article accepted by Journal for Semitics. You can find a copy here. If you're interested in semantics, prepositions, methodology, or Biblical Hebrew, chances are you'll enjoy reading it.

Lyle, K. (2015) "Benefits of a principled analysis of Biblical Hebrew prepositions", Journal for Semitics 24/2, 403–426.

With the publication of this article, that means I've had 3 articles published and one SBL presentation for the year 2015. Now before you think I'm bragging, you should know something about the nature of getting published in a peer-reviewed journal—the process from submission to final proof can take a long time.

What I'm trying to say is that in 2015 it's not that I was particularly productive as much as it is that some mental gardening that began in 2013 finally blossomed into published pieces. I'm learning this timeframe isn't that uncommon, but I'll admit, it was a learning curve to catch onto—especially when some delays were just out of my hands.

My first article submission and acceptance with Hebrew Studies spoiled me. It still took about 6 months but there were no hiccups or extended delays. These last three were something of a different story. And with this most recent article, it's a story I'm looking forward to sharing in a future post—not because of any fault of JSem but because this article went through the ringer.

Three rejections, and a final acceptance.

Yes—I submitted it 4 times (granted, with increasingly significant revisions). Some might be embarrassed by these odds but my hope is that in sharing the story future scholars preparing their first articles could learn from my experiences and have a more successful go at it the first (or second) time around.

As a final note, you should know that 3 out of the 4 papers I wrote were co-authored. As I read more and more in the field of Cognitive Linguistics I'm struck by how many articles are multi-authored. And having done more of this lately, I can see why. It's so much more fun writing with a colleague (or more) and tackling a research question together! Not only is it more engaging, the intellectual rigor doubles.

I admit I don't read standard biblical studies journals that often, but from what I've seen in the past, co-authored articles are a rarity while single authored articles are the norm. I would love to see this change. Maybe it has.

Anyways, I've heard somewhere that a cord of a couple strands is stronger or something...