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Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017

PhD Students
Noa Brandel mail
  English Second Language Acquisition by Hebrew Speakers
Characterization of the linguistic knowledge in English as a second language and examination of teaching methods enabling a more effective acquisition. The research focuses on syntactic phenomena in which Hebrew and English differ, e.g., the Null Subject Parameter and the (lack of) use of resumptive pronouns when forming relative clauses.
Shir Givoni mail
  Marking Multiple Meanings
Following my M.A. thesis, this study explores the online effect of low-salience markers or meaning-changers on the activation of low-salience meanings. It will test the Low Salience Marking Hypothesis (Givoni, Giora and Bergerbest, 2013) according to which such markers boost activation levels of less salient, i.e., less familiar, less frequent, less prototypical or less conventional meanings (The Graded Salience Hypothesis, Giora 2003) of utterances/concepts within the marker's scope. Online experiments will test the Low Salience Marking Hypothesis by measuring response times to lexical decision tasks.
Danny Kalev mail
  New Aspect and Mood Constructions in Contemporary Hebrew
Exploring the morphological strategies that Hebrew employs in the formation of its new perfect aspect and moods.
Noa Karni mail
  English as a Heritage Language in Israel
Assessment and characterization of the linguistic knowledge of heritage English speakers in Israel in comparison to monolingual English speakers and late (L2) English learners, focusing on phonological and morpho-syntactic phenomena sensitive to the English-Hebrew language contact.
Itai Kupershmidt
  Alternative Relations in Biblical Hebrew: A Syntactic, Semantic and Pragmatic Study
A new investigation of alternative relations as reflected in biblical Hebrew given in the Masoretic-Tiberian version, via examining ways of expression and varied interpretations, as well as clarifying the concept of irrealis in the relations' definition.
Lior Ordentlich mail
  The Psychological Reality of Idiom Storage
An investigation into the representation and storage of idioms in the mental lexicon, based on behavioral and neurolinguistic measures. Read more.
Renana Yaron mail
  Factors Affecting Lexical Access in Hebrew among Typically-Developing and Language Impaired Children
The study concerns factors affecting lexical retrieval of Hebrew-speaking children at different age-schooling levels, identified as having typical compared with atypical language development.
Hadas Yeverechyahu mail
  Hebrew Phonotactics: Universal and Language Specific Constraints
The study examines phonotactic restrictions in Modern Hebrew, focusing on the factors that shape these restrictions in the synchronic phonological system. It aims to contribute to the ongoing debate regarding the role of external and internal factors in language knowledge, taking frequencies in the lexicon as the external factor and universal constraints as the internal factor.