A usage-based typology of Modern Hebrew syntax: How Semitic?

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The chapter considers how findings from Modern Hebrew syntax shed light on the usage-based domain of contemporary linguistic typology, defined as concerned with the synchronic and diachronic interrelations between function and grammar. To do so, it provides illustrations from well-discussed syntactic features marking inter-clausal relations, and compares these features with those found in Biblical Hebrew prose, with special emphasis on bi-clausal constructions. The conclusion is that Hebrew syntax to this day reflects constructions that are attested at earlier periods in the history of the language, including early as well as late Biblical Hebrew, accompanied by functional and frequency distributions that have changed in current usage.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUsage-Based Studies in Modern Hebrew
Subtitle of host publicationBackground, Morpho-lexicon, and Syntax
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978 90 272 0419 6
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameStudies in Language Companion Series
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN (Print)0165-7763

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 John Benjamins Publishing Company.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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