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Hypercorrection
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Hypercorrection is an ungrammatical form based on the mistaken application of a rule of grammar in the belief that the resulting form is better than the standard form. It is common in speech and is used by people who try to elevate their language into an idealized norm (Blau 1970).

1. Hypercorrections in Modern Hebrew

Below are five examples from Modern Hebrew.

1. The normative pronunciation of the conjunction ו ve ‘and’ in Modern Hebrew follows the biblical rule according to which -וְ…

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Schwarzwald, Ora, “Hypercorrection”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 18 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000749>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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