Vol. 3 Núm. 2 (2016): Approaching Diversity in Speech Studies: New Methodologies under Empirical Perspectives
Spoken Syntax

Is subordination viable? The case of Hebrew ?? 'that'

Anna Inbar
Univ. di Firenze
Publicado septiembre 21, 2016

Palabras clave:

subordination, clause combining, spontaneous speech, Hebrew conversation
Cómo citar
Inbar, A. (2016). Is subordination viable? The case of Hebrew ?? ’that’. CHIMERA: Revista De Corpus De Lenguas Romances Y Estudios Lingüísticos, 3(2), 287–310. https://doi.org/10.15366/chimera2016.3.2.011


In this paper, patterns of clause combining that include the particle ?? (usually translated as ‘that’, ‘which’) in spontaneous Israeli Hebrew will be discussed. I will suggest a classification of the functions of this particle, which is considered as a subordination marker in Hebrew studies. After tracing the origin of the term subordination in grammar and reviewing some of its traditional and recent grammatical conceptions, I will outline some of the problematic issues in applying the notion of subordination to conversational data. The notion of subordinate clause will be re-examined in light of spoken corpus evidence, based on The Corpus of Spoken Israeli Hebrew (CoSIH). I will then show what can be learned from the phenomenon of clause combining about the processes of formation of syntactic structures from pragmatic ones. 


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