My PhD research topic, supervised by Prof. Fred Landman, is on the interface between three fundamental topics in the semantics of nouns and noun phrases: reference to kinds, plurality and countability (the count-mass distinction). I will answer research questions like:
- Which nouns can get a subkind reading?
- I wonder which animal is most common.
- #I wonder which student is most common.
- I wonder which wine is most common.
- #I wonder which dust is most common.
- Knives are a common weapon.
- #Knives are a common weaponry.
- Which kinds can be in the denotation of subkind-denoting nominals?
- What is a grammatically countable set of kinds?
- What is the best way to account for the countability facts of kind phrases?
- I tried many of the 10 kinds of cheese.
- #I tried many of the cheese of 10 kinds.
- Schoenfeld, Aviv. 3/3/2019. “Favorite animals and popular wines: the subkind reading of count and mass nouns.” Prof. Susan Rothstein’s research group. Bar‑Ilan University, Israel. [handout]
- Landman, Fred and Aviv Schoenfeld. 24/9/2017. “Sorting neat nouns in Iceberg semantics.” The Annual Bar-Ilan Semantics Workshop 7. Bar-Ilan Univeristy, Israel. [handout]
I have two research topics in derivational morphology: (i) secreted affixes, specifically in Biblical Hebrew personal names, and (ii) variable base word positioning in English blends (with Prof. Outi Bat-El and Dr. Evan Cohen).
- Schoenfeld, Aviv, Evan Cohen and Outi Bat-El. Upcoming. “Variable base word positioning in blends.” Lexis 14.
- Schoenfeld, Aviv. Upcoming. “Abishai, Daniel and Hezekiah: secreted affixes in Biblical Hebrew personal names.” Brill’s Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics.
You are welcome to browse my corpus of 1,537 Hebrew blends and puns.
- Schoenfeld, Aviv. 2018. Corpus of minimal pair Hebrew blends and puns. <https://avivschoenfeld.wordpress.com/minimal-pair-blends-puns/>
- Schoenfeld, Aviv. 16/10/2017. “Sound correspondences in Hebrew blends and puns: Asymmetry and stress.” Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics 33. Tel Aviv University, Israel. [abstract] [presentation]
I am researching the word order and interpretation options of English partitive phrases.
- Schoenfeld, Aviv. 30/11/2018. “Syntactic number features and count/mass determiners.” PhD Student Workshop in Linguistic Features. University of Ferrara, Italy. [handout]