Semitics

Journal Articles
Bar-Asher Siegal EA. Diachronic Syntactic Studies in Hebrew Pronominal Reciprocal Constructions. Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew. 2012 :209-244. diachronic_syntactic_studies_in_hebrew_p.pdf
Bar-Asher Siegal EA. Non-anaphoric uses of the demonstrative pronouns in Jewish Babylonian Aramaic. Lǝšonénu . 2012;74 :229-266. non-anaphoric_uses_of_demonstrative_pro.pdf
Bar-Asher Siegal EA. Review of, Alvestad Silje and Lutz Edzard, la-ḥšōb,but la-ḥăzōr? Sonority, Optimality and the Hebrew פ"ח forms. Journal of Semitic Studies . 2011;56 :404-406.
Bar-Asher Siegal EA. Notes on reciprocal constructions in Akkadian in light of typological and historical considerations. Semitica et Classica . 2011;4 :23-42. notes_on_reciprocal_constructions_in_ak.pdf
Bar-Asher Siegal EA. From typology to diachrony: synchronic and diachronic aspects of predicative possessive constructions in Akkadian. Folia Linguistica Historica . 2011;32 :43-88. from_typology_to_diachrony_synchronic_a.pdf
Bar-Asher Siegal EA. The Epistolary Terms k‛t, k‛nt in Official Aramaic, the Feminine Endings in Aramaic Dialects and Other Isoglosses in the History of Aramaic. Ancient Near Eastern Studies. 2011;48 :199-231. the_epistolary_terms_k_t_k_nt_in_offici.pdf
Bar-Asher Siegal EA. On the Passiveness of One Pattern in Jewish Babylonian Aramaic – a Linguistic and Philological Discussion. Journal of Semitic Studies . 2011;56 :111-143 . on_the_passiveness_of_one_pattern_in_je.pdf
Bar-Asher EA. Dual Pronouns in Semitics and an Evaluation of the Evidence for their Existence in Biblical Hebrew. Ancient Near Eastern Studies . 2009;46 :32-49. dual_pronouns_in_semitics_and_an_evaluat.pdf
Bar-Asher Siegal EA. The Imperative Forms of Proto Semitic and a New Perspective on Barth’s Law. Journal of American Oriental Society. 2009;128 :233-255. the_imperative_forms_of_proto_semitic_an.pdf
Bar-Asher EA. Review of, Sharvit Shimon, Language and Style of Tractate Avoth Through the Ages. Hebrew Studies . 2007;48 :101-104.
Conference Proceedings
Bar-Asher Siegal EA. A formal approach to reanalysis: The case of a negative counterfactual marker. LSA. 2020;5 (2) :34-50.Abstract

This paper proposes a formal definition of reanalysis, while emphasizing the importance of the distinction between two different kinds of reanalysis: those in which the change is confined to the grammatical level, and those in which it is confined to the semantic level. After tracing the history of a negative counterfactual conditional marker in Hebrew and Aramaic which underwent both syntactic and semantic reanalyses, the paper assesses the concept of reanalysis with focus on the following questions: Is reanalysis a single, clearly-defined phenomenon, and if so, what is its nature? Is it merely a descriptive label for a certain observable state of affairs, or does it explain diachronic changes? Alternatively, perhaps it is a theoretical constraint, a theoretical requirement that linguistic change must be associated with specific environments where reanalysis can take place? A detailed analysis of the marker and its evolution yields the following broad hypothesis: Reanalysis of a linguistic form does not change the truth conditions of the proposition that contains it, regardless of whether the reanalysis is on the grammatical level or on the semantic level.

a_formal_approach_to_reanalysis_the_case_1.pdf
Bar-Asher Siegal EA, Boneh N. Decomposing Affectedness: Truth-Conditional Non-core Datives in Modern Hebrew. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics [Internet]. 2015 :1-21. Publisher's Version
Conference Papers
Bar-Asher Siegal EA. Towards a Reconsideration of the Tense-Aspect-Mood System of Tannaitic Hebrew, in Studies in Mishnaic Hebrew and Related Fields Proceedings of the Yale Symposium on Mishnaic Hebrew May 2014. New Haven-Jerusalem: The Hebrew Language Academy Press ; Forthcoming :59-91. towards_a_reconsideration_of_the_tense-a.pdf
Bar-Asher EA. The Origin and the Typology of the Pattern qtil li in Syriac and Babylonian Aramaic, in Sha’arey Lashon: Studies in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Jewish Languages in Honor of Moshe Bar-Asher. Vol II. Jerusalem : Hebrew University ; 2008 :360-392. the_origin_and_the_typology_of_the_patt.pdf
Books
Hebrew and Aramaic in the Middle Ages – Language Studies and Grammatical Thought
Bar-Asher Siegal E, Yaakov D. Hebrew and Aramaic in the Middle Ages – Language Studies and Grammatical Thought. Jerusalem: The Academy of Hebrew Language; 2020.
Linguistic and philological studies in Hebrew and Aramaic
Bar-Asher Siegal EA. Linguistic and philological studies in Hebrew and Aramaic. Jerusalem: The Academy of Hebrew Language; 2020.
The NP-strategy for expressing reciprocity: Typology, history, syntax and semantics, (Typological Studies in Language 127)
The NP-strategy for expressing reciprocity: Typology, history, syntax and semantics, (Typological Studies in Language 127). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing House; 2020 pp. 283+indexes. Publisher's VersionAbstract

This book provides a comprehensive treatment of the syntax and semantics of a single linguistic phenomenon – the NP-strategy for expressing reciprocity – in synchronic, diachronic, and typological perspectives. It challenges the assumption common in the typological, syntactic, and semantic literature, namely that so-called reciprocal constructions encode symmetric relations. Instead, they are analyzed as constructions encoding unspecified relations. In effect, it provides a new proposal for the truth-conditional semantics of these constructions. More broadly, this book introduces new ways of bringing together historical linguistics and formal semantics, demonstrating how, on the one hand, the inclusion of historical data concerning the sources of reciprocal constructions enriches their synchronic analysis; and how, on the other hand, an analysis of the syntax and the semantics of these constructions serves as a key for understanding their historical origins.

Bar-Asher Siegal EA, Koller A ed. Studies in Mishnaic Hebrew and Related Fields: Proceedings of the Yale Symposium on Mishnaic Hebrew, May 2014. New Haven-Jerusalem: The Hebrew Language Academy Press; 2017 pp. 422. studies_in_mishnaic_hebrew_and_related_f.pdf
Introduction to the Grammar of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic
Bar-Asher Siegal EA. Introduction to the Grammar of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic. 2nd ed. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag; 2016 pp. 388. introduction_to_the_grammar_of_jewish_ba.pdf
Bar-Asher Siegal EA. Introduction to the Grammar of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag; 2013 pp. 361. introduction_to_the_grammar_of_jewish_ba.pdf

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