The University of Massachusetts Amherst
HFA - College of Humanities & Fine Arts view HFA submenu
Section Menu

Shmuel Bolozky

Professor Emeritus

A linguist by training, Professor Bolozky specializes in Hebrew phonology (sound systems of languages) and morphology (word formation). His work centers on natural phonetically-motivated processes and on word-formation patterns and productivity.  He believes that linguistics is a powerful tool in language instruction.

He is the author of Measuring Productivity in Word Formation: the Case of Israeli Hebrew (Brill, 1999) and Barron's 501 Hebrew Verbs (Barron’s Educational Series, 1996 and 2008). He co-authored A Reference Grammar of Modern Hebrew (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

His published articles have appeared in Lešonenu, Hebrew Studies, Hebrew Linguistics, Afroasiatic Linguistics, Linguistic Analysis, Journal of Linguistics, Linguistic Inquiry, Language Sciences, Glossa, Lingua, The Modern Language Journal, SKASE Journal of Theoretical Linguistics, Brain and Language, Mehqarim Be-Lashon, Hebrew Annual Review, Al-`arabiyya, Zeitschrift für arabische Linguistik, Journal of Hebrew Higher Education, Shofar, Ha`ivrit ve’axyoteha, Lashon Ve-`ivrit, Hed Ha-'ulpan, Hadoar, Hador, Talpiyot College Annual

He is Associate editor of Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics and is a member of the editorial board of Hebrew Studies, Shofar, and Journal of Higher Hebrew Education.

He served as President of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH), and currently is the Associate Director for Hebrew at the National Middle East Language Resource Center.

Ph.D. in Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, 1972.

M.A. in English Language, University of London, 1968.

B.A. in English Literature and Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1965.

Research Areas

  • Phonology and morphology, with concentration on Israeli Hebrew phonology and word-formation 
  • Application of linguistic knowledge to the teaching of Hebrew language
  • Building data bases and language corpora for Hebrew and using them in research and in teaching


See a full list of Professor Bolozky's publications »

Courses Recently Taught

  • First and Second Year Modern Hebrew (Intensive and Non-intensive)
  • Third Year Modern Hebrew
  • First, Second and Third Year Biblical Hebrew
  • Hebrew Through the Media
  • Hebrew Linguistics