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Binyanim: Modern Hebrew
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Verb, noun, and adjective stems in Semitic languages are derived from (tri-) consonantal roots by means of various intercalations (called templates) of consonantal patterns, vowel sequences, and affixes (Derivation). While there are scores of templates which derive nouns from roots, the number of verbal templates, traditionally called בנינים binyanim lit. ‘buildings, structures’ in Hebrew grammatical tradition, is extremely limited. In Modern Hebrew, setting aside voice variation, each active verb-stem derives from one of exactly three binyanim. These active binyanim, als…

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Doron, Edit, “Binyanim: Modern Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000247>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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