The Open University of Israel

Dr. Nurit Melnik

Department of Literature, Language and the Arts 

Updated: May 2016

 

Personal

Tel: 972-9-7781341
Fax: 972-9-7780111

E-mail: nuritme@openu.ac.il

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Education

1999 - 2002

Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley.
Dissertation Title: Verb Initial Constructions in Modern Hebrew
Committee: Andreas Kathol (Chair), Paul Kay, Johanna Nichols 

1997 - 1999

M.A., Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley

1993 - 1996

M.A. studies (ABD), Individual Graduate Program in Cognitive Studies, Hebrew University Jerusalem.

1989 - 1993

B.Sc., Computer Science and General Studies in the Humanities, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

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Fields of Research

  • Syntax
  •  Language & Cognition
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Computational Linguistics
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Academic Positions

2013 - presentLecturer, Linguistics & Cognitive Studies, the Open University

2010 - 2013

Visiting Lecturer, Linguistics & Cognitive Studies, the Open University

2008 - 2010

Head of the M.Ed. Program in Language Teaching, Oranim Academic College

2005 - present

Lecturer, M.Ed. Program in Language Teaching  & English Department, Oranim Academic College

2006

Lecturer, Department of Hebrew Language, University of Haifa

1999, 2001

Graduate Student Instructor, Linguistics Department, University of California at Berkeley

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Professional Experience

2003 - 2004

Project Coordinator
Project: Developing a gesture-speech language for a virtual reality environment (MAFAT)

1993 - 1997

Systems analyst at Eyron Computerized Information Systems Ltd.

1993

Computer programmer at Amdocs (Israel) Ltd.

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Research Grants

2015Israel Science Foundation (ISF), workshop grant
Grammar Development: Multilingual aspects of the syntax-semantics interface
With co-PI Shuly Wintner; NIS 68,000
2011-2015 Israel Science Foundation (ISF)
Project: Grammar Engineering and Collaborative Grammar Development
With co-PI Shuly Wintner; US$ 200,000
2008-2009 Oranim Research Authority
Project: Creating a computational infrastructure for linguistic research with an emphasis on the Arabic language

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Scholarships

2003-2007

Post-doctoral fellowship, Israel Science Foundation and the Caesarea Edmond Benjamin Rothschild Foundation Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science

2001-2002

Dean's Normative Time Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley

1997-2002

Block grants, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

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List of Publications

 Articles in Refereed Journals

2016                   Representing argument structure. Journal of Linguistics, FirstView.  (Co-authored with Livnat Herzig Sheinfux, Tali Arad Greshler and Shuly Wintner)

2016                   Raising, inversion and agreement in Modern Hebrew. Journal of Linguistics, FirstView.

2014                   Language change in spoken Hebrew: Existence and possession. Hebrew Linguistics: A Journal for Hebrew Descriptive, Computational and Applied Linguistics, 68:67-82. (in Hebrew)

2007                   From hand-written to computationally implemented HPSG theories. Research on Language and Computation 5.2:199-236, June 2007.

2006                   A constructional approach to verb-initial constructions in Modern Hebrew. Cognitive Linguistics 17.2:153-198.

1997                   The sound system of Lai. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 20.2:9-21.

   1997                   Verbal alternations in Lai. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 20.2:151-160.

Encyclopedia Entries

2013                   "Impersonal constructions [Modern Hebrew]". In Geoffrey Khan (ed.), Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill.

2013                   "Agreement [Modern Hebrew]". In Geoffrey Khan (ed.), Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill.

Conference Proceedings

2015                   Hebrew verbal multi-word expressions. In Stefan Müller, ed., Proceedings of the 2015 HPSG Conference, Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications. (Co-authored with Livnat Herzig Sheinfux, Tali Arad Greshler and Shuly Wintner)

2015                   Development of maximally reusable grammars: Parallel development of Hebrew and Arabic grammars. In Stefan Müller, ed., Proceedings of the 2015 HPSG Conference, Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications. (Co-authored with Tali Arad Greshler, Livnat Herzig Sheinfux, and Shuly Wintner)

2013                  Nonverbal predicates in Modern Hebrew. In Stefan Müller, ed., Proceedings of the 2013 HPSG Conference, Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications. (Co-authored with Petter Haugereid and Shuly Wintner).

2007                   Extending partial pro-drop in Modern Hebrew: A comprehensive analysis. In Stefan Müller, ed., Proceedings of the 2007 HPSG Conference, Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.

2006                   Hybrid agreement as a conflict resolution strategy. In Stefan Müller, ed., Proceedings of the 2006 HPSG Conference, Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.

2005                   From 'hand-written' to implemented HPSG theories. In Stefan Müller, ed., Proceedings of the 2005 HPSG Conference, Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.

Open University Textbooks

2016                   "The Study of Language: Foundations and Applications". (Co-authored with Irena Botwinik, in Hebrew)

2015                   "Language and Cognition". (in Hebrew)

Edited Volumes

2015                   Proceedings of the 30th meeting of the Israeli Association for Theoretical Linguistics. MIT Working Paper in Linguistics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

2014                   Proceedings of the 29th meeting of the Israeli Association for Theoretical Linguistics. MIT Working Paper in Linguistics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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Presentations

Peer-reviewed Conference Presentations (with no proceedings)

2016                   The developement of the VOS construction", presented at the Language Contact, Language Continuity and Change, and the Emergence of Modern Hebrew workshop, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

2016                   Multi-word expressions in a corpus-informed development of Hebrew grammar", presented at the Israeli Seminar on Computational Linguistics, Haifa, Israel. (Invited talk, with Shuly Wintner)

2015                   Accounting for Hebrew Verbal MWEs in HPSG". Poster presented at PARSEME 4th general meeting, Malta. (Co-authored with Livnat Herzig Sheinfux and Shuly Wintner)

2014                   A deep computational grammar of Hebrew". Poster presented at the Israeli Seminar on Computational Linguistics, Haifa, Israel. (Co-authored with Livnat Herzig Sheinfux, Petter Haugereid and Shuly Wintner)

2014                   Towards a large-scale, wide-coverage HPSG grammar of Hebrew", presented at the 2nd Workshop on HPSG, Paris, France. (Co-authored with Livnat Herzig Sheinfux, Petter Haugereid and Shuly Wintner)

2010                   Modeal predicates in Modern Hebrew: A comprehensive analysis", presented at the 17th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Paris, France.

2010                   "Linguistic Corpora as an Empowering Tool for English Teachers presented at the 6th International ETAI, Jerusalem, Israel.

2009                   When subjects become objects. Accepted for presentation at the Eleventh International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Berkeley, CA (conference canceled), and presented at the Cognitive and Construction-Based Approaches to Syntactic Evolution theme session of the 2009 Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Conference.

2006                   Improving statistical machine translation by means of transfer rules, presented at the Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation on Large-scale Grammar Development and Grammar Engineering, Haifa, Israel.

2004                   A constructional approach to inverted constructions in Modern Hebrew, presented at the Third International Conference on Construction Grammar, Marseille, France.

1999                   A multiple-inheritance hierarchical representation of Hebrew adjectives of enablement, presented at the Workshop on Semitic Morphology at the LSA Summer Institute in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Colloquium Talks

2012                    Raising patterns in Modern Hebrew, The English Department, Bar Ilan University.

2012                    The argument structure of modal predicates in Modern Hebrew, The Linguistics Department, The Hebrew University.

2004                   A constructional HPSG analysis of inversion in Modern Hebrew presented at the colloquia of the Department of English at Bar Ilan University and the Department of Linguistics at Tel Aviv University.

2003                   The licensing conditions of verb-initial constructions in Modern Hebrew presented at the colloquia of  the Departments of English at Haifa University and the Hebrew University.

2002                    The licensing conditions of free inversion in Modern Hebrew presented at the Stanford Syntax Workshop.

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