Superfluous negation in modern Hebrew and its origins

Aynat Rubinstein, Ivy Sichel, Avigail Tsirkin-Sadan

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In this article, we survey a variety of constructions in contemporary Modern Hebrew that include seemingly superfluous instances of negation. These include free relatives, exclamative rhetorical questions, clausal complements of ‘until,’ ‘without,’ and ‘before,’ clausal complements of ‘fear’-type verbs, after negated ‘surprise,’ and the complement of ‘almost’ (a construction by now obsolete). We identify possible sources for these constructions in pre-modern varieties of Hebrew. When an earlier source cannot be found, we examine earliest attestations of the constructions in modern-era corpora and consider the role of contact (primarily with Yiddish and Slavic) in their development.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationLanguage Contact and the Development of Modern Hebrew
EditorsEdit Doron
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9789004302006
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics
ISSN (Print)0081-8461

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  • Expletive negation
  • Language contact
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Negation
  • Superfluous negation


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