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A Constructional Idiom in Modern Hebrew: The Influence of English on a Native Hebrew Collocation

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This article discusses a constructional idiom that has developed in recent Modern Hebrew, based on the Classical Hebrew collocation expressing the committing of suicide, with the verb replaced by an open position that can be filled by a wide range of verbs. It is argued that the development of the idiom involved a syntactic re-analysis of the original collocation whereby the PPis reanalyzed as a result PPand the reflexive is analyzed as a non-subcategorized NP. It is suggested that the idiom developed under the influence of a similar productive construction in English. The interpretation of the constructional idiom is briefly explored and comparison is made with another constructional idiom based on a group of native collocations under the influence of English.

Affiliations: 1: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel


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