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Inner Object

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Author(s): Ilani, Noga
1. Identification and Definition Inner objects can be defined and characterized according to four parameters: morphology, semantics, governability, and substitutability. Morphology. An inner object is (usually) an abstract or verbal noun that has not undergone a process of concretization (Rosén 1977:171), for example the sentence ישן שינה yašan šena lit. ‘He slept a sleep’ (Iron 1966:31–32; Sadka 1977:268–269, 272), whose inner object is derived from the root of the verb that is the predicate in the sentence. Two types of objects can be deriv…

Stylistic Alternation in Modern Hebrew

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Author(s): Ilani, Noga
1. Introduction According to one definition, style is the consequence of a choice between alternative expressions available in a language which convey (more or less) the same meaning. Freedom in making such choices is limited by the rules of the language (Enkvist 1964:1–56). 2. Types of Alternative Expressions Stylistic alternatives exist at different levels of linguistic structure. Thus, for example, at the morphological level one has a choice, in Modern Hebrew, between the regular genitival construction (בית המלך bet ha-melex ‘the king’s house’), use of the possessive particle של…

Word Order: Modern Hebrew

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Author(s): Ilani, Noga | Shlomo, Sigal | Goldberg, Dina
1. Standard Word Order in Modern Hebrew In sentences with an overt subject, the normal word order in Modern Hebrew is subject-verb-object (and possibly adverbial), as in העיתונאי הקשיב לסיפור בעניין רב ha-ʿitonay hiqšiv la-sipur be-ʿinyan rav ‘The journalist listened to the story with great interest’. In this sentence the subject is העיתונאי ha-ʿitonay ‘the journalist’, the verb is הקשיב hiqšiv ‘listened’, the object is לסיפור la-sipur ‘to the story’, and the adverbial (of manner) is בעניין רב be-ʿinyan rav ‘with great interest’. Modern Hebrew is thus a subject-verb-object…