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The basis for this study is a corpus of Maskilic Hebrew prose fiction written during the Late (Russian) Haskalah between 1857 and 1881. See Y. Klausner (1947, 135-91), J. Klausner (1952-8), Halkin (1958, 1970), and Patterson (1964a, 1964b, 1988) for detailed surveys of this type of literature. The Maskilim advocated the adoption of Biblical Hebrew as the medium of this new didactic literature. This study is divided into three chief sections on morphology, function, and syntax respectively. The morphology section is selective, dealing primarily with features which are different in Biblical, Rabbinic, and Medieval Hebrew. The function section aims to provide a comprehensive survey of the uses of the various verbal forms in Maskilic Hebrew prose fiction. The syntax section is not exhaustive, but rather concentrates on the areas in which Maskilic Hebrew verbal sequences and use of verbal particles resemble one historical form of the language.

Keywords: Biblical; Halkin; Haskalah; Hebrew; Maskilic; morphology; Patterson; Rabbinic; See Y. Klausner



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