The impact of contact languages on the grammaticalization of the modern Hebrew superlative

Yael Reshef*

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Abstract

Modern Hebrew grammatical constructions include a tripartite paradigm of degree comparison consisting of the positive adjective, the comparative, and the superlative. Such a paradigm did not exist in classical Hebrew, and the expression of the superlative in both Biblical Hebrew and Rabbinic Hebrew required reference to a comparison class by means of a noun. Based on an examination of textual evidence from the initial phases of the formation of Modern Hebrew, this article traces the emergence of the modern superlative constructions and evaluates the role of contact languages in the process.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)271-282
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Jewish Languages
Volume3
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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© KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2015

Keywords

  • Adjective degree comparison
  • Grammaticalization
  • Language contact
  • Revival of Hebrew
  • Superlative

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