The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Generative Linguistics

בלשנות גנרטיבית

האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים

Prof. Moshe Taube, Linguistics Department Chair
Shulamith Lasnes, Administrative Secretary

Office: Mt. Scopus Campus, Humanities 4502
Office Hours: Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 10 AM to 1 PM
Phone: +972-2-588-3851, +972-2-588-2291
Fax: +972-2-588-1224


This is the homepage of the program in generative linguistics at Hebrew University, a part of the Hebrew University Linguistics Department.

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Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Generative linguistics aims to understand the nature of the human knowledge of language. It does this through careful examination of the forms and structures found in natural language.

At the undergraduate level, we offer a program which consists of a carefully ordered sequence of courses, beginning with an introduction to linguistics (under the auspices of the School of Language Science), continuing with courses on the major subfields of linguistics: syntax (sentence structure), phonology (sound structure), semantics and pragmatics (meaning and language use), and morphology (word structure). In addition, all students are required to study a foreign language in their firat year. In the second and third years, students may choose from a wide selection of elective seminars on topics including syntax (both transformational and non-transformational models), pragmatics and discourse grammar, semantics (including lexical semantics), sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and typology. In addition to the courses for our program, we teach undergraduate courses on English linguistics for the English Department's "combined" (literature + linguistics) stream.

At the M.A. level, we offer a selection of research seminars. These seminars are also open to qualifying third-year B.A. students.

We are located on the Mt. Scopus campus of Hebrew University, where we share a department with the program in Structuralist Linguistics. The campus is located on the outskirts of the beautiful city of Jerusalem, and offers a magnificent panoramic view of the city.

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