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Verbal Predicate Fronting in Modern Hebrew and Yiddish

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This article discusses the development of verbal predicate fronting (“predicate cleft”) in Modern Hebrew by comparing its properties with those of analogous constructions in Classical Hebrew and Yiddish, a critical contact language. The evidence, largely syntactic, lends support for contact-induced change as a plausible source of verbal predicate fronting in the contemporary spoken variety.

Affiliations: 1: Dept. of Linguistics, New York University New York, ny USA


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