Luka Crnič

Prof. Luka Crnič

Head of department
M.A advisor (Generative track)
+972 2 588 2179
Language Logic and Cognition Center, Australia Compound, room 226

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Luka Crnič received his PhD from MIT in 2011. His primary research interests lie in syntax, semantics and the syntax-semantics interface. His current grants are:

ISF 1926/14 Polarity items across languages

GIF I-2353-110.4/2014 Alternative-sensitive computations in natural language: focus-sensitive particles and embedded exhaustification 

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Eitan Grossman

Prof. Eitan Grossman

Functionalist linguistics track coordinator
B.A advisor (Functionalist track)
+972 2 588 0161
Mandel Building, room 231

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Eitan Grossman’s research revolves around the questions why are languages the way they are, and how do they become that way? He is interested in empirical approaches to explanations for linguistic diversity, and conducts research in the framework that has come to be called Distributional Typology, which asks "what's where why (when)?" Ongoing projects include:

  • The World Survey of Phonological Segment Borrowing (SEGBO), which explores the typology of phonological segment borrowing and its relevance for evaluating the Uniformitarian Hypothesis;
  • BDPROTO, a database of ancient and reconstructed sound systems; 
  • The areal typology of sound change; and
  • The typology of contact-induced change in a few domains of grammar and lexicon, including valency and transitivity patterns, case markers and adpositions, and verb alternations.

He also works on (or has worked on) the description of Ancient Egyptian-Coptic, Nuer, Spanish, Minangkabau, and Modern Hebrew.

At the Hebrew University, he is currently the head of the Linguistics Department and has served as coordinator of the Functional Linguistics program. He is also a member of the Logic, Language and Cognition Center and the head of the Dynamics of Language Lab. Present and past graduate students and postdocs who belong to this lab work on Quechuan, German language islands, Yiddish, Tibeto-Burman languages, phonological typology, the computational analysis of semantic change in massive corpora, the processing of intonation units, and experimental studies of cognitive biases that may be causal factors in typological distributions.



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Nora Boneh

Prof. Nora Boneh

Generative linguistics track
+972 2 588 3981
Australia Compound 233

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Nora Boneh (PhD 2003, Université Paris 8, Saint Denis) joined the Linguistics Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2007, after being a research and teaching associate at the universities of Paris 7, Denis Diderot and Paris 8, Saint Denis. Her research topics include the study of the linguistic manifestation of conceptual categories such as temporality, possession, and causation; within this exploration, particular attention is given to complex verb constructions, mainly from a syntactic synchronic perspective, but also from a historical one. She has mostly worked on the expression of habituality, on the aspectual properties of the Modern Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew verbal systems, and their stability over time, on argument realization and the syntax of ditransitive verbs and datival arguments, and on causative constructions. Her linguistic analyses are carried out in semi-typological perspective applied to languages such as Hebrew, dialectal Arabic, French, English and Russian.

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Eran Cohen

Prof. Eran Cohen

Functionalist linguistics track
+972 2 588 3834
Humanities, room 6612

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My work is mainly descriptive and comparative, covering various phases and registers of several languages—Akkadian, Neo-Aramaic, Biblical and modern Hebrew, as well as various aspects of comparative linguistics of Semitic. The domains covered in my work are syntax and macro-syntax, including such topics as information structure, the functional analysis of verbal systems (tense, aspect and modality, as well as its functions in narrative), the structure of narrative, conditional structures, relative clauses, and more. It always has to do with the interrelationships between the discursive/pragmatic background as well as syntactic environment on the one hand, and the function of the form itself (whether simple or complex) on the other. Currently I am working on a syntactic description of Old Babylonian Akkadian, funded by a grant from the ISF and on several additional topics—interrogative markers in Semitic, the diachrony of epistemic particles from a comparative perspective, genitive constructions in Semitic and conditional constructions in Semitic.

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michal mar

Dr. Michal Marmorstein

Functionalist linguistics track
Humanities, room 6701

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My research revolves around the question how language is used in different discursive contexts and how these uses shape the structure of language. I study Semitic languages, specifically Classical Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, Palestinian Arabic, Modern Hebrew, and Neo Aramaic. The topics on which I conducted research include: tense-usage in different discourse environments, clause combining, presentatives, expressive structures, narrative structure, discourse markers, digital genre analysis, spoken and written discourse, and language contact (Arabic and Hebrew). My present research project, funded by the Israel Science Foundation, focuses on discourse markers in conversational and written Egyptian Arabic. In addition, I am a member of a network of interactional linguists studying responsive particles in conversation. Another field which I study is emergent practices in interactional digital discourse (e.g., in WhatsApp).     

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Malka Rappaport Hovav

Prof. Malka Rappaport Hovav

Generative linguisitcs track
B.A advisor (Generative track)
+972 2 588 3982
Language Logic and Cognition Center Australia Compound, Office 207

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Malka Rappaport Hovav graduated from MIT in 1984 with a thesis on phonological and morphological aspects of Tiberian Hebrew. She was associated with the Lexicon Project at the Center for Cognitive Science at MIT in the years 1984 – 1987. She taught linguistics in the English department at Bar Ilan from 1984 – 1999, when she moved to HU. She is a founding member of the Language, Logic and Cognition Center.  Her work focuses on lexical semantics and its interface with morphosyntax and conceptual categories, with papers published on nominalizations, adjectival passives, lexical aspect, diathesis alternations such as the causative alternation and the dative alternation and conceptual categories such as manner and result.  She is author with Beth Levin of Unaccusativity (MIT Press, 1995) and Argument Realization (CUP, 2005) and editor, with Edit Doron and Ivy Sichel of Syntax, Lexical Semantics and Event Structure (OUP 2010).

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Aynat Rubinstein

Dr. Aynat Rubinstein

M.A. advisor, Generative linguistics track
+972 2 588 3122
Australia Compound 234

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Aynat Rubinstein studies semantics of natural of language and its interfaces with pragmatics and syntax. She is interested in the linguistic mechanisms that underlie the uniquely human ability to speak not just of the "here and now" but also to describe thoughts about the past, the future, what is possible or necessary, and what may have happened but did not come to pass. In her work, she makes use of empirical research methods including mining of large corpora (corpus linguistics), natural language processing (computational algorithms), and psycholinguistic experiments. Her recent work is focused on corpus based studies of the development of Modern Hebrew around the turn of the 20th century.

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Dr. Alena Witzlack-Makarevich

Dr. Alena Witzlack-Makarevich

Functionalist linguistics track
M.A advisor (Functionalist track)
Language Logic and Cognition Center, Australia Compound, room 209
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My research revolves around capturing, describing, and explaining linguistic diversity. I am interested in the linguistic variation found in the languages of the world and  approaches to explaining this variation. The phenomena I study primarily come from the domain of morpho-syntax and include grammatical relations, information structure, and clause linkage. In addition, I have been collaborating in projects on phonetics, conversation analysis, and psycholinguistics. In my research, I combine large-scale typological studies involving several hundreds languages with studies of the phenomena of interest in single language families (micro-typology), as well as with in-depth studies on individual languages. I am also actively involved in language documentation and description and conducted multiple fieldtrips collecting primary data on the Khoisan languages Khoekhoe (Khoe-Kwadi) and Nǁng (or Nǀuu, ǃUi-Taa) spoken in South Africa. At the moment, I am working on the previously undescribed Bantu language Ruuli spoken in Uganda.
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