Shmuel Bolozky, chair of Hebrew board

Dr. Shmuel Bolozky (Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana in Linguistics, 1972) is a Professor of Hebrew at the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he has been on the faculty since 1978, coordinating the Hebrew program and teaching Hebrew language (at all levels) and Hebrew linguistics, and served as chairperson between 1985-90, 1995-98. In 2005 he was appointed Assistant Dean of Advising at the Faculty of Humanities and Fine Arts. He also taught linguistics at Tel Aviv University (1972-1978), and Hebrew Linguistics (as a Visiting Professor) at the Hebrew departments of Ben-Gurion University, the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, and the University of Central Florida. Professor Bolozky served as the President of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH) in 2001-2003, and has been a member of the Program Committee of the NAPH's annual International Conference on Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture since 1993. From 2002 he has been serving as an Associate Director for Hebrew language at the National Middle East Language Resource Center, funded by a Title VI U.S. Department of Education grant administered through Brigham Young University.

Professor Bolozky's specializations are in the areas of phonology (sound systems of languages) and morphology (word formation) in general, and in Modern Hebrew phonology and morphology in particular. He is also interested in the application of linguistic methodology to the teaching of Hebrew as a foreign language, and in corpus linguistics.


Professor Bolozky is the author of a book on word formation in Israeli Hebrew, "Measuring Productivity in Word Formation: the Case of Israeli Hebrew," Leiden: Brill, 1999; a textbook, "Barron's 501 Hebrew Verbs," 1996; the co-author with Edna Coffin of "A Reference Grammar of Modern Hebrew," Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005; and co-editor of "Textures and Meaning: Thirty Years of Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst," (electronic publication), ed. Leonard H. Ehrlich, Shmuel Bolozky, Robert A. Rothstein, Murray Schwartz, Jay R. Berkovitz, and James E. Young. He has published a number of chapters in books, mostly on Hebrew and Semitic linguistics, and his articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as Hebrew Studies, Hebrew Linguistics, Afroasiatic Linguistics, Journal of Higher Hebrew Education, Shofar, Mehqarim Be-Lashon, Ha-'ivrit Ve-'ahyoteha, Lashon Ve-'ivrit, The Modern Language Journal, Hebrew Annual Review, Hadoar, Hed Ha-'ulpan, Al-'arabiyya, Zeitschrift für arabische Linguistik, Linguistic Analysis, Journal of Linguistics, Linguistic Inquiry, Glossa SKASE Journal of Theoretical Linguistics, and in a number of festschrifts. He served or has been serving on the editorial boards of a number of journals related to Hebrew Language and Jewish Studies: Hebrew Studies, Shofar, Journal of Higher Hebrew Education, Hebrew Annual Review.