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Thread: Just when I thought I understood searching lemma vs. homonym...it appears I don't

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    Default Just when I thought I understood searching lemma vs. homonym...it appears I don't

    So I'm studying Psalm 23:6, and I want to see all the occurrences of ‎טוֹב. I right-click, and select "Search on homonym." It turns up 117 hits, of which the first is Genesis 2:9.

    "Wait a minute," I say. "What about 1:31?" So I go there, and select search homonym on the exact same word...and this time it comes up with 373 hits. What? So then I try "Search on lemma"... and it comes up with 553 hits.

    So then I go back to Psalm 23:6 and select "Search on lemma"...and get 553 hits.

    Can someone please explain?

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    Default The mystery of the lemma parsed as both noun and adjective

    Hi Dan,

    In Psalm 23:6 your word is parsed as noun ...
    In Gen 1:31 your word is parsed as adjective ...

    When you ask BW to do a homonym search in Psa 23:6 it constructs it as lemma@n*+*Ha* (Check your list of saved searches).
    When you ask BW to do a homonym search in Gen 1:31 it constructs it as lemma@a*+*Ha*

    If you do your own search as something like lemma@*+Ha* it will find 490 occurrences in 460 verses.

    Whether this is a design feature of BW, or a bug, I leave to you to decide.

    By the way, the Forms tab illustrates the distribution nicely.

    --Jim

    Addendum:
    Since you were searching with vowels turned off, your lemma search covered 3 lemmas, only one of which has homonyms.
    Last edited by Jim Wert; 02-14-2018 at 07:39 PM. Reason: add addendum

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