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Current Issues in Generative Hebrew Linguistics

Current Issues in Generative Hebrew Linguistics by Sharon Armon-Lotem
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In this paper I examine the Modern Hebrew discourse marker ma the function of which is to help anchor new information into the discourse when it appears that the newly introduced material is inconsistent with information assumed to be already in the addressees knowledge store. I claim that ma is used to acknowledge and possibly rectify such incompatibilities at the service of coherence and consistency. I briefly discuss yet another discourse marker used to preserve coherence (staam), showing that it constitutes an instruction to the hearer to delete material from the discourse model in the face of a sharp contradiction between its content and information taken to be shared.
John Benjamins Publishing Company; December 2008
407 pages; ISBN 9789027289650
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Title: Current Issues in Generative Hebrew Linguistics
Author: Sharon Armon-Lotem; Gabi Danon; Susan D. Rothstein