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Mood and Modality: Modern Hebrew
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The category of Mood, like that of Modality, is related to the distinction between actual, i.e., real or factual, states of affairs and those which are not actual. From a general cross-linguistic perspective, Mood is sometimes taken to be a subtype of Modality, and is more readily associated with morphological inflection on the verb (Palmer 2001).

1. Mood

In Modern Hebrew, four types of mood (Hebrew דרך derex) can be distinguished, mainly on syntactic grounds: the indicative, the imperative, the optative/subjunctive (volitive), and…

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Boneh, Nora, “Mood and Modality: 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_00000137>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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