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ERIC Number: EJ1157924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Hebrew Verbal Passives in Later Language Development: The Interface of Register and Verb Morphology
Ravid, Dorit; Vered, Lizzy
Journal of Child Language, v44 n6 p1309-1336 Nov 2017
The current study examined the production of Hebrew verbal passives across adolescence as mediated by linguistic register and verb morphology. Participants aged eight to sixteen years and a group of adults were asked to change written active-voice sentences into corresponding passive-voice forms, divided by verb register (neutral and high), "binyan" pattern ("Qal"/"Nif'al," "Hif'il"/"Huf'al," and "Pi'el"/"Pu'al"), and verb tense (past and future tense). Results showed that Hebrew passive morphology is a very late acquisition, almost a decade later than in other languages, that passivizing neutral-register verbs was less challenging than high-register verbs, and that past tense verbs were easier to passivize than future tense verbs. An order of acquisition was determined among the three "binyan" pairs. The paper provides an account of these findings grounded in the event-telling role of Hebrew passives in discourse and the spurt of abstract, lexically specific vocabulary in Later Language Development.
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Language: English
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