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Causative Verb: Modern Hebrew
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Most Hebrew causative verbs mentioned in traditional grammars (e.g., GKC 144; Bergsträsser 1918:483), and later in modern treatments (e.g., Blau 1972:144; Aronson Berman 1978:86; Glinert 1989:465) are in hifʿil (האכיל heʾexil ‘feed’), with a minority in piʿel (שימח simax̱ ‘bring joy’). The causation in these binyanim involves an event in which one object causes another to perform an act or be in a state. The acts or states in question are usually represented by verbs in qal and a minority by verbs in nifʿal. Such an association is made possible by a certain morpho-semantic reg…

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Bar-Aba, Esther Borochovsky and Trommer, Pnina, “Causative Verb: Modern Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000147>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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