In the Department

  • Routledge Journals from the Taylor & Francis Group have recently featured an article written by two of our faculty members  Armon-Lotem and Walters  in collaboration with three of our alumni -- Altman, Burnstein-Feldman, and Yitzhaki  in the series Global Issues: Language, Culture & Identity. The paper "Family language policies, reported language use and proficiency in Russian – Hebrew bilingual children in Israel"...

  • Nouns combine with a variety of other elements – determiners, quantifiers, adjectives, relative clauses and more – to form noun phrases. Dr. Gabi Danon's "Noun Phrases" seminar focuses on the structure of such phrases across a wide variety of languages, with the goal of trying to identify significant generalizations that go beyond the seemingly arbitrary restrictions on noun phrase structure in particular languages. Among the questions discussed in this seminar:

    • To what extent is the word...
  • “Documentaries” explores how to create and write about art that is made out
    of news, current events, and topics of social and cultural relevance. We will
    attend in particular to representing voices, events, and phenomena that are
    underrepresented in national, social, and cultural discourse. The course
    introduces student writers to the genre of lyric essay, documentary poetry,
    and researched creative nonfiction/poetry. Students will read various
    examples of contemporary and modern documentary poetry/lyric essays,
    studying their...

  • Dr. Marcela Sulak will be teaching a new course: “American Immigrant Writing." The course introduces students to American literature written from the end of the Civil War to the present that has been produced by immigrants.  We will discuss the concept of national literature, as well as the concept of nation as a narrated construct, identity politics, and individualism. We’ll also consider the mechanisms whereby certain works are canonized into a national narrative and others are passed over.

  • Dr. Karin Berkman will be teaching a new course on twentieth-century British literature. The course surveys developments in the novel, short story, and poetry across the twentieth century, examining the ways in which British literature responds to cataclysmic historical events. We will begin by tracing the ways in which the novel provides a profound critique of the iniquities of British imperialism. We will turn to an examination of the poetry that emerges from the trenches of the First World War, focusing on the work of Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Edward Thomas, and Siegfried Sassoon....

  • Bruria Miron, an MA student in the Linguistics in Clinical Research program, is interested in Children’s acquisition of adjectives and degree modifiers. In a seminar study, she tried to identify a critical age for the acquisition of Quantity degree modifiers among native Hebrew speaking children. In Hebrew, the quantity words kcat ('little'/'few') and harbe ('much'/'many') can be combined with a word like yoter ('more') in two ways, where the choice...

  • Second language learners often produce language forms resembling those of children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI). At present, professionals working in language assessment and education have only limited diagnostic instruments to distinguish language impaired migrant children from those who will eventually catch up with their monolingual peers. A new book titled Assessing Multilingual Children: Disentangling Bilingualism from Language Impairment, edited by...

  • As part of her current research, Dr. Galit Weidman Sassoon examines the grammatical, conceptual and cognitive basis of linguistic phenomena of gradability, scale structure and vagueness from a theoretical, empirical and experimental perspective. This involves addressing questions such as the following:

    • VaguenessHow many grains of sand make a heap?
    • ...
  • Prof. Evan Fallenberg will be teaching a new writing course. In this workshop, students will be introduced to the practice of literary translation – which Goethe called "… one of the weightiest and worthiest undertakings in the general concerns of the world" – and experience how texts both define and transcend cultural borders. Each week we will discuss students’ translations of literary works from any language (the language of their choosing) into English, together with essays, stories and published translations, in order to examine the principal...

  • In an interview with the magazine Believer in 2014, the Irish poet, Eavan Boland remarked: “I was a woman in a house in the suburbs, married with two small children. It was a life lived by many women around me, but it was still not named in Irish poetry. I’ve often said, … that when I was young it was easier to have a political murder in a poem than a baby.”

    In this new course, taught by Dr. Karin Berkman, we will consider how women writers actively create a place for their experience in literature. We will examine constructions of femininity in...