HEB 321 • Hebrew Grammar
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
The course explores phonology, morphology, and syntax of Hebrew, with emphasis on functional Hebrew grammar. For the drills, various texts are used, ranging from the Bible to modern newspaper articles and literary works. The part on Hebrew phonology consists of a detailed survey of the consonants and vowels, followed by a general study of vocalization rules, aimed at training the students in vocalizing and improving their sense of proper pronunciation and recognition of phonological variants. The larger part of the course is devoted to the study of Hebrew morphology. After learning noun patterns and the inflection of prepositions, a detailed study of the verb system trains the students in identifying verb forms as well as conjugating the various types of roots. The last part of the course, led by graduate students, will be dedicated to the study of Hebrew grammarians and the history of Hebrew grammar. The course is taught in Hebrew. Graduate students who took the class as undergraduates prior to the fall of 2006 are invited to take it as a graduate course, as the content of the course will change and they will play a special role in the class. Graduate students will serve as team leaders in group research projects that will focus on historical topics in Hebrew grammar and will be presented to the class during the last week of the semester.
For undergraduates: Homework: 40%; Midterm exam 15%; Final exam 15%; Class participation: 30% For graduates: Homework: 30%, Presentation 15%, Final project 35%, Class participation 20%
A course packet E. Coffin and S. Bolozky, A Reference Grammar of Modern Hebrew, Cambridge, 2005