Edit Doron (PI), (1951-2019)

Edit Doron was a professor at the Linguistics Department and the Language, Logic and Cognition Center of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Professor Doron has published many articles on the interface of semantics, morphology and syntax, particularly such topics as the Semitic verbal system, nominal predicates, the subject-predicate relation, resorptive pronouns, ergativity, ellipsis, free indirect discourse, habituality, the semantics of voice, and reference to kinds. The main languages she has worked on are Hebrew (with special emphasis on the historical ties of Modern Hebrew to Classical Hebrew), Arabic, Aramaic, English and French.
Professor Doron was appointed to the Hebrew University in 1985, after being awarded a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983, and a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University in 1984-85. She was a guest professor at the 1994 Linguistic Society of America Summer School in Ohio State University, and at the Linguistics Department of the University of California at Santa-Cruz in 1998-99. She was President of the Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics in 2008-2010, and is currently co-director of the joint Hebrew University and Tel-Aviv University structured Linguistics PhD program, and co-editor of several international linguistics journals.

Edit passed away in March 2019, in the midst of working on this project. Her relentless quest for knowledge and intellectual breadth will continue to be a source of inspiration for all members of the project. 

Memorial Website: http://pluto.huji.ac.il/~edit/

Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal (supervisor)

PhD, Harvard University, 2009
Research Interests: Historical Linguistics, Formal Semantics and Philology. He works on Semitic languages, especially Hebrew and Aramaic (all periods).
Recent publications are on strategies for expressing reciprocity and causative constructions.

Miri Bar-Ziv Levy

PhD, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2017

Miri studies the development of Modern Hebrew from its early days to its contemporary phase. Her work includes written and spoken texts as well as written and spoken representations of Hebrew speech, and incorporates linguistic, historical, and social aspects of the revival and evolution of Modern Hebrew.


Personal Website: https://huji.academia.edu/MiriBarZivLevy

Todd Snider

PhD, Cornell University, 2017

Todd’s research focuses on the semantics and pragmatics of natural language, and in particular, he is interested in different types of meaning (asserted, presupposed, not-at-issue, etc.) and how they interact with sentence- and discourse-level phenomena. He has worked on phenomena including propositional anaphora, comparatives, counterfactuals, tautologies, and contradictions.


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Shira Wigderson

PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Department of Linguistics.

Shira received her master’s degree from the Hebrew University. Her master thesis uncovers the existence of Pseudo-Relatives in Modern Hebrew, their characteristics and structure.
For her doctorate, she will search for new structures in Modern Hebrew, while trying to identify the different sources of their creation. In order to achieve this, Shira intends to use corpus linguistics and computational linguistics methods.


Bar Avineri

PhD Student in the Linguistics department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

B.A. in Linguistics (Generative track) from the Hebrew University. M.A. thesis, “Alternating perception verbs in Modern Hebrew”, under supervision by Prof. Edit Doron and Dr. Aynat Rubinstein, deals with a small group of perception and sensation verbs in Modern Hebrew and their semantic and syntactic properties. Interested in semantics, syntax and their interfaces from a theoretical approach, particularly in semantic, syntactic and morphological properties in Modern Hebrew, from synchronic, diachronic and typological perspectives.


Ruth Stern

PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Department of Hebrew Language.

Her current research, under the supervision of prof. Yael Reshef, focuses on the development of the formal writing in Modern Hebrew, as reflected in the letters of The Hebrew Language Committee (Vaʻad HaLashon HaʻIvrit) from the beginning of the 20th century until the thirties of this century. Her M.A. thesis, also under Reshef’s supervision, deals with developments and trends in the verbal system of Modern Hebrew, according to HaPo’el HaTSa’ir newspaper from 1907 to 1953. Ruth is a Researcher working on The Historical Dictionary Project of The Academy of The Hebrew Language.


Personal Website: https://independent.academia.edu/RuthStern2

Vera Agranovsky

PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Department of Hebrew Language.

Vera received her Master’s degree with honors from the Hebrew University. Her master thesis addresses the influence of the Russian language on the lexicon and phraseology in the literary work of Uri-Nissan Gnessin, a Hebrew writer with a Russian background, during the Revival period. For her doctorate, she will broaden this investigation on the Russian influence on the Revival Period of the Modern Hebrew in general. Previously, Vera was the Director of Ulpanim run by the Jewish Agency of Israel in the former Soviet Union, teaching pedagogy for Hebrew teachers. She has also published articles in teaching Hebrew as an additional language.


Personal Website: https://shamash.academia.edu/VeraAgranovsky

Malka Rappaport Hovav

PhD, MIT, 1984

Research interests: lexical semantics, morphology, syntax, aktionsarten,  argument structure,  lexical and grammatical aspect


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Yael Reshef

PhD, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1999

Research interests: Modern Hebrew; The revival of Hebrew; Language and culture; Spoken Hebrew; Standardization and language planning; Grammaticalization and language change


Personal Website: https://huji.academia.edu/YaelReshef

 Nora Boneh

Ph.D 2003, Université Paris 8, Saint Denis.

Joined the faculty of the Linguistics Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2007. Her research topics include the interaction between tense, aspect and modality, in particular in the expression of habituality, the syntax of clausal possession, the syntax and semantics of core and non-core datives, causation and more recently historical change in periphrastic constructions.


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Iris Pereg