A Reference Grammar of Modern Hebrew

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Overview

A Reference Grammar of Modern Hebrew provides a clearly structured and accessible guide to all aspects of contemporary Hebrew grammar. Systematically organized, it presents the basic structures of the language, looking at grammatical categories, phrases, expressions, and the construction of clauses and sentences. Drawing on their extensive experience of teaching Hebrew to English-speaking students, the authors also provide a wide range of examples to illustrate each point, and introduce in a clear and accessible way the writing and pronunciation of the language, its punctuation rules, and its use in context. Wherever possible, equivalent Hebrew terminology is given to facilitate students' use of Hebrew language textbooks. Specialized linguistic terminology is kept to a minimum, and verb and noun tables are provided as well as a comprehensive index of terms, making this both a useful teaching resource and an easy-to-use reference tool for those wishing to look up specific details of the language.
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'Anyone who wants a solid reference book for Hebrew grammar would benefit from this book. … the authors provide numerous examples in illustrating their teaching points. Whenever possible [they] provide Hebrew terminology alongside the English terms to help students benefit more from this textbook. … overall I would recommend [it], since there seems to be no better Hebrew reference grammar which has a better value than this one.' SIL Electronic Book Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521527330
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/4/2005
  • Series: Reference Grammars Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 459
  • Sales rank: 786,655
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Edna Coffin is Professor Emerita of Hebrew Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Shmuel Bolozky is Professor of Hebrew at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Chapter 1 Preliminary discussion 1
1.1 Parts of speech 1
1.2 Grammatical functions 3
1.3 Words and patterns 4
1.4 Gender and number 7
1.5 Open and closed word classes 7
1.6 Phrase constituents 12
1.7 Rules of agreement 13
Chapter 2 Writing and pronunciation 16
2.1 Introduction 16
2.2 Consonants and corresponding sounds 17
2.3 The Hebrew vowel system 21
2.4 Texts with and without vowels 23
2.5 Diacritic marks other than vowels 25
2.6 Syllables 27
2.7 Stress patterns 28
2.8 Dialectal variation in consonant articulation 31
Chapter 3 The verb system 33
3.1 Introduction: verb components 33
3.2 Citation forms 34
3.3 Verb tenses 35
3.4 Historical notes: Biblical tenses and aspects 40
3.5 Moods and verbal nouns 44
3.6 Verb pattern groups 47
3.7 Verb categorization 51
3.8 With and without linking verbs 52
3.9 Verbs with obligatory prepositions 53
3.10 Active, stative and inchoative verbs 54
Chapter 4 Verb pattern groups 56
4.1 Verb pattern: pa`al 56
4.2 Verb pattern: nif`al 71
4.3 Verb pattern: pi`el 81
4.4 Verb pattern: pu`al 90
4.5 Verb pattern: hitpa`el 97
4.6 Verb pattern: hif`il 108
4.7 Verb pattern: huf`al 119
Chapter 5 The noun system 125
5.1 Introduction to the noun system 125
5.2 Indefinite and definite noun forms 131
5.3 Gender features 132
5.4 Number features 137
5.5 Noun patterns 139
5.6 Nouns derived from verbs 143
5.7 Noun patterns associated with semantic features 147
5.8 Significant patterns with no semantic association 153
5.9 Acronyms 155
Chapter 6 Pronouns 158
6.1 Forms of personal pronouns 158
6.2 Independent subject pronouns 160
6.3 Pronoun suffixes and prefixes in verbs and in existential expressions 164
6.4 Pronouns suffixed to nouns and prepositions 168
6.5 Demonstrative pronouns 170
6.6 Interrogative and relative pronouns 173
6.7 Impersonal pronouns 164
Chapter 7 Numerals 177
7.1 Free counting 177
7.2 Cardinal numbers 182
7.3 Noun phrases with cardinal numbers 183
7.4 Ordinal numbers 187
7.5 Fractions 188
7.6 Multiplication values 189
7.7 Numeric value of letters 190
7.8 Phrases: days of the week, dates, telling time, age 191
Chapter 8 Adjectives 194
8.1 Introduction: forming adjectives 194
8.2 Comparative and superlative adjectives 195
8.3 Forming adjectives by adding suffix -i 197
8.4 Nouns and adjectives of affiliation 198
8.5 Participles that function as adjectives 202
8.6 Special patterns 204
Chapter 9 Adverbs and adverbial expressions 209
9.1 Introduction 209
9.2 Adverbs grouped according to form 209
9.3 Adverbs grouped according to function 213
9.4 Adverbs and 'degree' words 214
9.5 Sentential adverbs 218
Chapter 10 Particles 225
10.1 Introduction 225
10.2 The particle 'et' before definite direct objects 225
10.3 Prepositions: prefixes, independent prepositions 228
10.4 Prepositions or adverbs? 244
10.5 Coordinating and correlative conjunctions 246
10.6 Subordinators 248
10.7 Exclamation particles and expressions 250
Chapter 11 Noun phrases 252
11.1 Introduction to noun phrases 252
11.2 Noun phrase: noun + adjective 253
11.3 Comparative and superlative adjectives 257
11.4 Apposition noun phrases 260
11.5 Construct phrases 261
11.6 Phrases of possession 275
11.7 Phrases with demonstrative pronouns 277
11.8 Prepositional phrases 281
11.9 Numerical and quantifier phrases 281
11.10 Noun phrases with determiners 283
11.11 Gerunds and infinitives in noun phrases 287
Chapter 12 Verb phrases 288
12.1 Introduction to verb phrases 288
12.2 Verb phrases: verbs and objects 288
12.3 Compound verb phrases 291
12.4 Grouping verbs by semantic considerations 297
12.5 Modal verbs 298
12.6 Habitual aspect phrases 298
12.7 Subjunctive and possibility phrases 299
Chapter 13 Modal verbs and expressions 300
13.1 Introduction to modality 300
13.2 Modal verb phrases 301
13.3 Impersonal modal expressions 305
13.4 Temporal aspects in modality 306
13.5 Modality expressed by phrases with [characters not reproducible] 311
Chapter 14 Clauses and sentences 314
14.1 Introduction 314
14.2 Verbal sentences 316
14.3 Nominal sentences 318
14.4 Equational sentences 318
14.5 Existential sentences 323
14.6 Sentences of possession 324
14.7 Elliptical sentences 330
14.8 Classification of sentences by function 332
14.9 Sentence classification by structure 334
14.10 Simple sentences 335
14.11 Coordinate/compound sentences 337
14.12 Complex sentences 338
14.13 Complement clauses 340
14.14 Attributive clauses 344
14.15 Relative clauses 345
14.16 Adverbial clauses 349
14.17 Conditional sentences 357
14.18 Integrated sentences 337
Chapter 15 Language in context 364
15.1 Introduction 364
15.2 Sentence or utterance? 365
15.3 Topic and comment 366
15.4 Focus and topic 369
15.5 Deixis - reference to person, time and place 369
15.6 Reported speech - direct and indirect 373
15.7 Language registers 377
15.8 Genres of text 381
15.9 Cohesion and coherence of text 382
15.10 Language in context: sample texts 384
Appendices 390
Appendix 1 Verb tables 390
Appendix 2 Noun tables 416
Appendix 3 Particle tables 425
Appendix 4 Punctuation rules 428
Appendix 5 Plene writing 436
Index of grammatical topics 438
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