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Circumstantial versus Depictive Secondary Predicates in Literary Hebrew—The Influence of Yiddish and Russian

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This article discusses the development of circumstantial secondary predicatesin late Enlightenment and early Modern literary Hebrew under the influence of adverbial participle constructions in substrate languages, primarily Yiddish and Russian. Circumstantial secondary predicates differ from depictive secondary predicates, which are well-attested in Classical Hebrew.

Affiliations: 1: The Academy of the Hebrew Language and David Yellin College of Education Jerusalem Israel


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