Eitan Grossman

Prof. Eitan Grossman

Head of department
Functionalist linguistics track coordinator
M.A advisor, Functionalist linguistics 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

B.A advisor, 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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Luka Crnič

Prof. Luka Crnič

Generative linguistics track coordinator
+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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michal mar

Dr. Michal Marmorstein

B.A. advisor, 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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