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Dative: Modern Hebrew
(3,046 words)

The basic function of the dative case, in Hebrew and in many other languages, is to mark an indirect object bearing the relation of recipient (datum) to the event. It therefore typically occurs with verbs of transfer (prototypically verbs of ‘giving’). In Hebrew the accusative is unmarked while the dative is marked and represented by the ex-allative preposition ל- l- ‘to’, which also appears in the inflect…

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Halevy, Rivka, “Dative: Modern Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 20 September 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000339>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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