Elitzur Dattner | Linguist

About Me

Elitzur Dattner

I am a post-doctoral fellow at Tel Aviv University, at Dorit Ravid's developmental psycholinguistics lab. I am also an adjunct teacher at the Deprtment of Communication Disorders, Tel Aviv University, at the Department of Hebrew Language, Bar-Ilan University, and at the Faculty of Education, Bar-Ilan University.

I work within a Usage-Based and Quantitative Linguistics approaches 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 key question I address in my research concerns the nature of syntactic and morphological knowledge, taking into account recent findings which show that (i) linguistic learning is a discriminative process in which frequency is only part of the story, (ii) grammar cannot be abstract, and (iii) linguistic phenomena can, and should be explained on the basis of processes of implicit statistical learning guided by communicative needs. I model the way morphological and syntactic structures are learned, produced and understood by adopting a non-abstractionist approach, considering the dynamic aspects of usage, communicative needs, and cognitive representation. By accounting for Discourse Profile Constructions in an exemplar-based model, and for dynamic networks as representing morphological systems structure, my research aims at a better understanding of the multivariate nature of the knowledge possessed by the language-user.

Check out my publications, the courses I am teaching, and a search app for frequency counting in an original corpus complied from the Knesset's committees.

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Publications

2021
  • Dattner, Elitzur, Ronit Levie, Dorit Ravid, & Orit Ashkenazi. 2021. Patterns of adaptation in child-directed and child speech in the emergence of Hebrew verbs. Frontiers in Psychology. doi:10.3389/fp- syg.2021.719657.
2020
  • Berman, Ruth A. & Elitzur Dattner. 2020. Introduction. In Ruth A. Berman (ed.), Usage-Based Studies in Modern Hebrew: Background, Morpho-lexicon, and Syntax, 1–15. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company
2019
2018
  • Bar-On, Amalia, and Dorit Ravid. Editorial Associate: Dattner, Elitzur. 2018. Handbook of Communication Disorders: Theoretical, Empirical, and Applied Linguistic Perspectives. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Bar-On, Amalia, Dorit Ravid, and Elitzur Dattner. 2018. Introduction. In Bar-On, Amalia, and Dorit Ravid (eds.), Handbook of Communication Disorders: Theoretical, Empirical, and Applied Linguistic Perspectives, 1-16. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Dattner, Elitzur. 2018. Review of Argument Structure in Usage-Based Construction Grammar: Experimental and corpus-based perspectives, by Florent Perek. Cognitive Linguistics, 29(2). 363-369. https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2018-0011
2017
  • Bar-On, Amalia, Elitzur Dattner, and Dorit Ravid. 2017. Context effects on heterophonic homography resolution in learning to read Hebrew. Reading and Writing, 30(3). 463–487. doi:10.1007/s11145-016-9685-1
2016
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. https://doi.org/10.1075/sl.39.2.01ari
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1075/slcs.167.10dat
2013
  • Ravid, Dorit, Amalia Bar-On, and Elitzur Dattner. 2013. Linguistics in the service of communication disorders: New frontiers. AILA Review, 26:79–99. https://doi.org/10.1075/aila.26.06rav
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

Courses

Current
  • Introduction to language acquisition (Faculty of Education, Bar-Ilan University)
  • Introduction to linguistics (the Department of Communication Disorders, Tel Aviv University)
  • Introduction to linguistics (the Department of Hebrew Language, Bar-Ilan University)
  • General linguistics and phonetics (the Department of Hebrew Language, Bar-Ilan University)
Past
  • Introduction to linguistics for the cognitive sciences (the Department of Cognitive and Brain Sciences at Ben-Gurion University)
  • Introduction to language acquisition (Levinsky College of Education)
  • 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)

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Elitzur Dattner
Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv, Israel

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