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This is the conclusory chapter of the book, which shows that the verbal system of the Maskilic Hebrew prose fiction written between 1857 and 1881 constitutes a relatively homogeneous system exhibiting influences from Biblical, Rabbinic, and Medieval Hebrew, similarities to Yiddish, and possible influences on Israeli Hebrew, and a number of original features. These characteristics are visible throughout the morphology, function, and syntax of Maskilic Hebrew verbs. The analysis of the Maskilic Hebrew verbal system clarifies four key points. Firstly, this verbal system contains substantial elements of biblical morphology and syntax. Secondly, the corpus exhibits a significant number of rabbinic morphological and syntactic features. Thirdly, the corpus contains a few morphological elements deriving from different varieties of Medieval Hebrew. Fourthly, the corpus exhibits certain forms and usages that seem to lack an exact parallel in any other previous or subsequent stratum of Hebrew or other relevant languages.

Keywords: Biblical Hebrew; Israeli Hebrew; Maskilic Hebrew; Rabbinic Hebrew



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