Assaf Bar-Moshe is a Ph.D. candidate of the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Arabic Language and Literature under the supervision of Prof. Eran Cohen and Prof. Simon Hopkins. His main area of interest is the Arabic dialect of the Jews in Baghdad and he writes his dissertation about the tense-aspect-modality system of the dialect. His master thesis focused on demonstratives and third person pronouns in Mandarin Chinese. In addition, Assaf is interested in description of spoken languages and historical linguistics. Assaf was awarded a scholarship on behalf of the German DAAD for a two years' stay (2015-2015) in the Department of Semitic Studies in Heidelberg University.
Ido Benbaji is an M.A. student in linguistics in the joint graduate program in linguistics of the Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University. He is interested in semantics, its interface with syntax and in issues in the philosophy of language, among them the semantic contribution of singular terms and the meaning of a variety of attitude verbs.
Gili Diamant is completing her PhD in linguistics under the joint supervision of Dr. Lea Sawicki of the Linguistics department at the Hebrew University and Dr. Jeffrey L. Kallen of Trinity College Dublin. Her work focuses on the description of Irish English grammar in the context of traditional Irish society and folklore. Her main interests lie in the study of varieties of English as well as the Celtic languages, and she is also interested in syntax, historical linguistics, text linguistics, and in various aspects of the representation of spoken language in writing. Gili has spent the academic year 2014-2015 as an Erasmus Mundus visiting scholar in University College Dublin, Ireland.
Benjamin Freidenberg is a film director who graduated with honors from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School Jerusalem. Parallel with his work in the film industry, he studied linguistics for a bachelor's degree and is currently completing his master's degree. Supervised by Dr. Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal, his research focuses on the linkage between historical linguistics and the development of the filmic craft, specifically targeting the syntax and semantics of film. This interdisciplinary study which engages linguistics and cinema studies, involves semantic changes of verbs indicating object movement ('to give', 'to deliver', 'to retreat', 'to approach', etc.) and compares it with historical changes in the meaning of camera movement in films. Among his research interests: historical syntax, aesthetics, metaphor and metonymy, visual vs. textual aspects of Egyptian hieroglyphs and history of the arts.
Member of the Israel Film Academy and contributor to film preservation projects at the Israel Film Archive in the Jerusalem Cinematheque and the Judaica Division Images Collections of Harvard University. Recipient of the America-Israel scholarships for outstanding artists and the International Association of Film & Television Schools' prize for outstanding filmmakers and scholars.
Jeremy Grynpas is a Masters Student at the Hebrew University. His background in linguistics includes a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics and Russian Studies from the University of Edinburgh as well as experience in the phonetics lab at the Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences Department at UCL. At UCL, Jeremy was proud to have contributed to a speech perception study that resulted in two publications (see below). Over the past two years at the Hebrew University, Jeremy has focused on Russian from a diachronic (OCS and Old Russian) and synchronic perspective, aspect and aktionsart, and research methods in corpus linguistics. He is currently working on his masters thesis on the semantic profile of Russian verbal prefixes from a dichronic perspective under the guidance of Drs. Aynat Rubinstein and Olga Kagan.
Yair Itzhaki is a graduate student in the Linguistics Department. His main interests are Formal Semantics and Syntax-Semantics interface, focusing on Vagueness, Negation, Ellipsis and Demonstratives. He is currently conducting work as part of Ivy Sichel’s ISF funded project on Demonstratives, deixis and anaphora.
BA in Linguistics and Hebrew from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2014). Eliana is a second year MA student in the Department of Linguistics, was awarded the 2016 Rector's Award for academic achievements, and is a student in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel MA Honors Program. She is a member of the Middle Persian Dictionary Project directed by Prof. Shaul Shaked under the auspices of the Israel Science Foundation, and is working on Middle Persian valency patterns. Main areas of interest include Iranian languages of all periods, as well as alignment, transitivity and information structure.
Hagay Schurr is a graduate student in linguistics, awarded a full scholarship in the honors program of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (2014-2016). His research interests revolve around linguistic diversity and language variation and change. His current projects concern morpho-syntactic phenomena in Romance languages, set on the background of linguistic typology in general. His MA dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Eitan Grossman is titled Differential Argument Coding in Romance: Towards a revised typology. This project tackles questions of variation and change in nominal and pronominal argument structure from two perspectives: the family-level syntactic typology, including minority and substandard languages, and a usage-based study in French and Spanish, based on diachronic corpora. More generally, he is also interested in grammaticalization and contact-induced change cross-linguistically.
Uriel Segal is a graduate student in generative linguistics department. Works in the field of semantics and pragmatics, and his thesis deals with implementation of modes of pragmatic inferences (such as implicature or ïts traditional name “Diyuk”=exaction) in the Babylonian Talmud, under the supervision Of Prof, Yael Ziv.