Elitzur Dattner | Linguist

About Me

Elitzur Dattner

I am a Quantitative Linguist, working within a Usage-Based approach to language. My research focuses on a functional-discursive perspective on syntactic phenomena, corpus building, and the application of advanced statistical methodologies to corpus analysis of syntax in both children and adults.
The second line of research I participate itext-align: leftn is of an applied nature, concerning communication disorders from a developmental perspective.
The key question I address in my research concerns the nature of syntactic knowledge, taking into account recent findings which show (i) that linguistic learning is a discriminative process in which frequency is only part of the story, (ii) that grammar cannot be abstract, and (iii) that linguistic phenomena can, and should be explained on the basis of processes of implicit statistical learning guided by communicative needs (Baayen & Ramscar, 2015; Ramscar & Baayen, 2013). I argue that one can model the way syntactic structures are produced and understood only by adopting a non-abstractionist approach, considering aspects of usage and communicative needs in an implicit learning perspective, by accounting for Discourse Profile Constructions (Dattner, 2015). My research aims at modeling the distributional properties of syntactic structures in corpora, within an approach that assumes learning to be dynamic and implicit, in order to better understand the multivariate nature of the knowledge possessed by the language-user.

You can find my CV here, and follow me on ResearchGate and Academia.edu. You can check out my publications and the courses I am teaching, and here you can find a search app for frequency counting in the Knesset Corpus.

Publications

2016
  • Bar-On, Amalia, Elitzur Dattner, and Dorit Ravid. 2016. Context effects on heterophonic homography resolution in learning to read Hebrew. Reading and Writing. doi:10.1007/s11145-016-9685-1
  • Ravid, Dorit, Tsila Shalom, Irit Katzenberger, Elitzur Dattner, and Guy Sha'shoua. 2016. Top-down measures in 7th grade writing: the effects of genre and SES. In Joan Perera, Melina Aparici, Elisa Rosado, and Nayme Salas (eds.), Written and Spoken Language Development across the Lifespan (Essays in Honour of Liliana Tolchinsky), 345-359. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
2015
  • Ariel, Mira, Elitzur Dattner, John W. Du Bois, and Tal Linzen. 2015. Pronominal Datives: The royal road to argument status. Studies in Language, 39(2). 257–321.
  • Dattner, Elitzur. 2015. Enabling and allowing in Hebrew: a Usage-Based Construction Grammar account. In Nolan, B., Rawoens, G., and Diedrichsen, E. (eds.), Causation, Permission, and Transfer: Argument realisation in GET, TAKE, PUT, GIVE and LET verbs, 271-293. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. pdf
2013
  • Ravid, Dorit, Amalia Bar-On, and Elitzur Dattner. 2013. Linguistics in the service of communications disorders: New frontiers. AILA Review, 26:79–99. pdf
Ph.D. and M.A dissertations
  • Dattner, Elitzur. 2015. Mapping Hebrew Dative Constructions. Doctoral Dissertation, Tel Aviv University. pdf
  • Dattner, Elitzur. 2008. Lower Transitivity Constructions in Hebrew: The Case of Motion Verbs. M.A Thesis, Tel Aviv University. pdf
Conferences and Colloquia
  • February 3, 2017: Acquisition of preposition structure and semantics in Hebrew peer talk (with Chen Tocker and Dorit Ravid). Pre- and Protomorphology in language acquisition. Vienna University, Austria.
  • November 10, 2016: Usage patterns in language: Form and function. Research forum, the Multilingual Education Program, School of Education, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
  • June 17, 2016: Discourse Profile Constructions: Mapping the Hebrew Dative. The second Usage-Based Linguistics conference, Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • June 16, 2016: Learning Discourse Profile Constructions: Implications for a Usage-Based Grammar poster presented at The second Usage-Based Linguistics conference, Tel Aviv, Israel. pdf
  • February 16, 2016: A conversational perspective on the development of the syntactic subject (with Liron Elbaz and Dorit Ravid). Pre- and Protomorphology in language acquisition, Vienna University, Austria.
  • December 24, 2015: Discourse Profile Constructions: Form and Function in a wide perspective. Research direction in Modern Hebrew, The Department of Hebrew Language, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
  • June 24, 2015: Beyond syntax: a Usage-Based approach to argument structure. Grammar development: Multilingual aspects of the syntax-semantics interface. Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation. Beit Daniel, Zichron Ya'akov, Israel.
  • April 15, 2015: Quantifying similarity in language: Beyond syntax. IBM Machine Learning Analytics seminar, Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • March 26, 2015: Discourse Prole Constructions: A Usage-Based approach to the Hebrew Dative. Tel Aviv University Linguistics Colloquium, Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • March 3, 2015: Discourse Profile Constructions: A Usage-Based approach to the Hebrew Dative. Department seminar, The Hebrew University Department of Linguistics, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • March 2, 2014: Dative constructions in Hebrew: converging functions. Department seminar, Department of Hebrew culture, the Hebrew language program, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • October 30, 2013: The role of the Hebrew morpho-syntactic verb paradigm in organizing cognitive categories: a multivariate exploratory statistic analysis. Department seminar, Hebrew language department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • May 14, 2013: Two ways of giving: A Construction Grammar account of Hebrew Dative Constructions. 25th Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland.
  • July 4, 2013: The role of the Hebrew morpho-syntactic verb paradigm in organizing Dative constructions. The Israel Association for Literacy and Language 7th conference, Ono Academic College, Kiryat Ono, Israel.
  • July 1, 2012: The intermediate level of text production in expository texts: A Discourse-Grammar approach to writing assessment (with Dorit Ravid and Amalia Bar-On). The Israel Association for Literacy and Language 6th conference, Ono Academic College, Kiryat Ono, Israel.
  • August 7, 2008: Lower Transitivity Constructions in Hebrew: The case of motion verbs. Language, Communication and Cognition, University of Brighton, England, United Kingdom.

Courses

Current
  • Introduction to linguistics (the Department of Hebrew Language, Bar-Ilan University)
  • Introduction to language acquisition (Levinsky College of Education)
Past
  • Hebrew language change: corpora and statistics (the Department of Hebrew Language, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Issues in Hebrew Usage Based Linguistics (the Department of Hebrew Language, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Discourse analysis in Modern Hebrew (the Department of Hebrew Language, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Introduction to syntax (the Department of Hebrew Language, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Semantics and Lexicology (the Department of Hebrew Language, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Linguistics Models (School of Education, Tel Aviv University)

Corpus

The Knesset Corpus (KC, Dattner 2015) is an approximately 1,760,000 words corpus of spoken Hebrew. The corpus is a collection of transcriptions of 198 meetings of committees of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, taking place between the years of 1996-2004. The participants in these committees come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from Knesset Members, to lawyers, lobbyists, and professionals (e.g., police officers, or researchers), and to citizens with no academic training coming to voice their complaints. Thus, the corpus is composed of multiple registers of language, representing both formal and colloquial use of Hebrew.
Here you can find a web interface for searching the corpus. Please cite it as: Dattner, Elitzur. 2015. Mapping Hebrew dative constructions. Tel Aviv University dissertation.

Contact me

Elitzur Dattner
The Department of Hebrew Language,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

elitzurd@gmail.com