Olga Kapeliuk, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Born 1932, Krakow; Ph.D. 1969, Hebrew University; Lecturer 1970; Senior Lecturer 1972; Associate Professor 1981; Professor 1985; Emerita 1995; Recipient of the Israel Prize in General Linguistics 2005.

Office Telephone:972-2-588-3862
Home Telephone:972-2-563-3108
E-Mail: olgakap@mscc.huji.ac.il


  1. Q.I. Marogulov, Grammaire néo-syriaque pour écoles d'adultes - traduit du néo-syriaque par Olga Kapeliuk. Paris: P. Geuthner 1976 (GLECS - Supplément 5).
  2. O. Kapeliuk, Nominalization in Amharic. Wiesbaden: F. Steiner 1988 (Aethiopistische Forschungen 23): 171 pp.
  3. O. Kapeliuk, Syntax of the Noun in Amharic. Wiesbaden: O. Harrassowitz 1994 (Aethiopistische Forschungen 37): 129 pp.
  4. O. Kapeliuk, Selected Papers in Ethio-Semitic and Neo-Aramaic Linguistics. Jerusalem, Magnes Press 2009: 579 pp.


  1. Auxiliares descriptifs en amharique. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Semitic Studies  - Jerusalem 1965. Jerusalem: Israel Academy of Sciences 1969: 116-131
  2. L'emploi de la marque de l'accusatif -n en amharique. Israel Oriental Studies (Tel Aviv) 2 (1972):  183-214.
  3. Traitement spיcial du corps et de l'גme dans la syntaxe יthiopienne. Journal of Ethiopian Studies (Addis Ababa) 11 (1973): 143-160.
  4. Les noms amhariques א finale -o. Groupe Linguistique d'Etudes Chamito-Sיmitiques = GLECS (Paris) 18-23 (1973-1979): 215-217.
  5. Particules d'enchaמnement et de rיfיrence en amharique. id: 241-243.
  6. Les nיologismes יthiopiens. id: 321-323.
  7. Modalitיs d'action et aspects en amharique. id: 673-683.
  8. Encore sur ressahu et ressichchallehu. Rassegna di Studi Etiopici (Rome) 25 (1974): 183-214.
  9. Particles of concatenation and reference in Amharic. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) 41 (1978): 272-282.
  10. Quelques remarques sur l'emploi de l'accusatif en sיmitique יthiopien et en arabe classique. Studia Orientalia Memoriae D.H. Baneth Dedicata. Jerusalem: Magnes Press 1979: 225-238.
  11. Sur le rפle de la forme relative en tigrigna.  Bibliotheca Orientalis (Leiden) 37/1-2 (1980): col. 16-23 (main article).
  12. Evolution de la phrase amharique - la nominalisation du verbe. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies - Nice 1977. Rotterdam: A.A. Balkema 1980: 97-106.
  13. Language policy in Ethiopia since the revolution of 1974. Asian and African Studies (Haifa) 14 (1980): 269-278.
  14. ‘Il semble que’ ou ‘il semble qui’ - un problטme de syntaxe amharique. Studies Presented to H.J. Polotsky edited by D. W. Young. Gloucester MA: Pirtle & Polson 1981: 51-67.
  15. Omniprיsence de la prיdication en nיo-יthiopien. Bulletin de la Sociיtי de Linguistique (Paris) 77 (1982): XI-XIV.
  16. Les noms terminיs en -o en amharique. Guirlande pour Abba Jיrפme edited by J. Tubiana. Nice 1983: 275-285.
  17. Les verbes redondants en amharique. Ethiopian Studies Dedicated to Wolf Leslau edited by S. Segert and A. J. E. Bodrogligeti. Wiesbaden: O. Harrassowitz 1983: 254-274.
  18. L'expressivitי dans le verbe amharique. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies - Lund 1982. Uppsala: Scandinavian Institute of African Studies 1984: 39-43.
  19. La phrase coupיe en guטze. Mיlanges Linguistiques Offerts א Maxime Rodinson edited by Ch. Robin. Paris: P. Geuthner 1985: 191-204.
  20. Pseudo-questions in Amharic. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies - Tel Aviv 1980.  Rotterdam: A.A. Balkema 1986: 337-341.
  21. Some striking similarities between Amharic and Turkish syntax. Proceedings of the 14th International Congress of Linguists - Berlin/GDR - 1987. Berlin: Akademie Verlag: 2376-2379.
  22. Semantic analysis of some morphological phenomena in Amharic. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies - Addis Ababa 1984. Addis Ababa: Institute of Ethiopian Studies 1988: 697-703.
  23. Abstract nouns as transformation of copula sentences - the case of Amharic. Grazer Linguistische Studien 30 (1988): 69-77.
  24. Appurtenance as a linguistic concept. Folia Linguistica 23/3-4 (1989): 341-351.
  25. Some common traits in the evolution of Neo-Syriac and Neo-Ethiopian. Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 12 (1989): 294-320. (A Volume in Memory of Haim Blanc).
  26. Linguistic background of the Ethiopian Jews. In Saga of Aliya translation of no 10. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Culture - Division of Adult Education 1990: 39-47.
  27. Definiteness and indefiniteness in Amharic. Semitic Studies in Honor of Wolf Leslau edited by A. S. Kaye. Wiesbaden: O. Harrassowitz 1991: 809-820.
  28. Miscellanea neo-syriaca. Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 15 (1992): 60-73.
  29. Les fonctions multiples du pronom suffixe d'objet et de la prיposition -la en guטze. Orbis Aethiopicus - Studia in honorem Stanislaus Chojnacki edited by P. O. Scholz. Albstadt: K. Schuler 1992: 153-163.
  30. Possessive and determining nominal complexes in Semitic. In Semitic and Cushitic Studies edited by G. Goldenberg and Sh. Raz. Wiesbaden: O. Harrassowitz 1994: 65-69.
  31. The Evolution of irswo and irsachchew as sociolinguistic variants. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies -  East Lansing 1994. Lawrenceville NJ: The Red Sea Press 1994: 1270-1274.
  32. Is Modern Hebrew the only “Indo-Europeanized” Semitic language? And what about Neo-Aramaic? Israel Oriental Studies 19 (1996): 59-70.
  33. The gerund and gerundial participle in Eastern Neo-Aramaic. Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung (Berlin) 51/3 (1996): 276-288.
  34. Reflections on the Ethio-Semitic gerund. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies - Kyoto 1997.  Kyoto 1997: I, 492-498.
  35. Definiteness and connected phenomena. Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Linguists - Paris 1997. Paris:  C.D. Rom 1998.
  36. The Ethio-Semitic possessive pronouns as predicalizers in historical perspective. Aethiopica (Hamburg) 1 (1998): 148-163.
  37. Regularity and deviation in peripheral Neo-Semitic. In Tradition and Innovation - Norm and Deviation in Arabic and Semitic Linguistics edited by L. Edzard and M. Nekroumi. Wiesbaden: O. Harrassowitz 1999:  13-21.
  38. Some suprasetential constructions in Amharic. In New Data and Methods in Afroasiatic Linguistics: Robert Hetzron in Memoriam edited by A. Zaborski. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2001:75-83.
  39. Compound verbs in Neo-Aramaic. In 60 Beitra¨ge zur Semitistic: Festschrift fu¨r Otto Jastrow zum 60 Geburtstag edited by W. Arnold and H. Bobzin. Wiesbaden: O. Harrassowitz 2002: 361-377.
  40. Languages in contact: the contemporary Semitic world.  Israel Oriental Studies 20 (2002):  307-340.
  41. Auxiliaires et leur omission: guטze - amharique - tigrigna. Mיlanges David Cohen edited by J. Lentin et A. Lonnet. Paris: Maisonneuve et Larose 2003:  9pp.
  42. Iranian and Turkic structural interference in Arabic and Aramaic dialects. (A Volume in Honour of Moshe    Piamenta)  Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam (forthcoming).
  43. A note on the role of linguistic informants in S¥bawayhi’s al-Kitוb. id. (forthcoming).
  44. Focus on the verb in G∞·∞z and in modern Ethio-Semitic? Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies -  Addis Ababa 2000 (forthcoming): 12pp.
  45. The syntax of synthetic verbal forms in Ethio-Semitic as compared with Cushitic. Proceedings of the 10th Meeting of  Hamito-Semitic Linguistics - Firenze 17-21 April 2001 (forthcoming) 11 pp.
  46. Some remarks on the etymology and function of the relative markers in Ancient Ethiopic. In I.M.Diakonoff Memorial Volume: 219-232 (forthcoming).
  47. The relative verb in Amharic in an areal perspective.  Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere (forthcoming):  17pp.
  48. Notes on relative and correlative constructions in G∂‘∂z. Aethiopica 6 (2003): 177-191.
  49. The persistence of Cushitic influence on the Syntax of Ethio-Semitic. In V. Böll et alii (eds) Studia Aethiopica in Honour of Siegbert Uhlig. Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz 2004: 337-343.
  50. Some special functions of adnominal pronouns in Neo-Semitic. Folia Orientalia 40 (2004)): 7-22.
  51. From Polotsky`s Nachlass on the verb in Urmi. A. Mengozzi (ed.) Studi Afroasiatici - XI Incontro Italiano di Linguistica Camitosemitica - Bergamo - June 2003. Milano: Franco Angeli 2005: 349-358.
  52. Is there a singulative and a paucal plural in Ethio-Semitic? Akten des 7, Internationales Semitohamitistenkongresses - Berlin 2004 (= Semitica et Semitohamitica Berlinensia 5). Aachen: Shaker Verlag 2007: 349-360.
  53. Topicalization in Amharic and its degrees. In Scrinium -Varia Aethiopica in Memory of Sevir B. Chernetsov. St. Petersburg: Byzantinorossica 2005: 354-366.
  54. Between nouns and verbs in Neo-Aramaic. In G. Khan (ed.) Neo-Aramaic Dialect Studies. Piscataway: Gorgias Press 2007: 131-147.
  55. The Neo-Aramaic tense-system in the light of translations from Russian. In G. Borbone et alii (eds): Loquentes Linguis - Studi Linguistici e Orientali in Onore Fabrizio A. Pennacchietti. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2006: 381-390.
  56. Evidentiality, absolute present and factitivity in Neo-Ethiopic historiography. A Volume in Honour of Joanna Mantel-Niecko - Rocznik Orientalistyczny 59 (2006): 124-134.
  57. The perferct tenses in Urmi Neo-Aramaic. In H. Gzella and M. L. Folmer (eds.): Aramaic in its Historical and Linguistic Setting. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2008: 313-334.
  58. Verbless relative clauses in G∂‘∂z and their equivalents in Amharic and Tigrinya. Aethiopica 12 (2009):143- 154.
  59. Some common innovations in Neo-Semitic. In M. Fales and G. F. Grassi (eds): CAMSEMUD - 13th Italian Meeting of Afro-Asiatic Linguistics -Udine May 2007. Padova, S.A.R.G.O.N. 2010: 123-132.
  60. Creating adverbs in Amharic. In L. Busetto, R. Sottile, L. Tonelli and M. Tosco (eds): He Bitaney Lagge - Studies on Language and African Linguistics in Honour of Marcello Lamberti (= Quaderni di Lingua e Storia 3) Milano 2011, 81-90.
  61. Language contact between Aramaic dialects and Iranian. In S. Weninger (ed): The Semitic Languages - An International Handbook. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton 2011: 738-747.

Book Reviews

  1. M.L. Bender  and Hailu Fulass. Amharic Verb Morphology in Bibliotheca Orientalis 36/5-6 (1979): col. 398-399.
  2. R.K. Molvaer. Tradition and Change in Ethiopia in Journal of Semitic Studies (Manchester) 26/2 (1981): 352-353.
  3. J. Hartmann. Amharische Grammatik in Bibliotheca Orientalis 39/3-4 (1982): col. 470-478.
  4. W. Leslau. Ethiopians Speak - Muxer (Gurage) in Journal of Semitic Studies 28 (1983): 215-221.
  5. J.R. Miles. Retroversion and Text Criticism in  Journal of Semitic Studies 32 (1987): 207-208.
  6. E. Ullendorff. A Tigrinya Chrestomathy in  Bibliotheca Orientalis 45/3-4 (1988) col  459-461.
  7. R. Richter. Lehrbuch der amharischen Sprache in Bibliotheca Orientalis 46/1-2 (1989): col. 218-221.
  8. E. Wagner. Afrikanische Handschriften: Islamische Handschriften aus Aethiopien in International Journal of African Historical Studies (Boston) 31 (1997): 520-521.
  9. W. Leslau. Ethiopic Documents: Argobba Grammar and Dictionary in Journal of Ethiopian Studies 32 (1999): 71-73.
  10. W. Leslau.  Introductory Grammar of Amharic in Aethiopica 5 (2002): 282-286.
  11. W. Leslau. Amharic Cultural Reader in Aethiopica 5 (2002): 286-288.         
  12. M. Devens. A Concordance to Psalms in the Ethiopic Version in ZDMG (forthcoming) 2pp.
  13. W. Leslau. Zway Ethiopic Documents: Grammar and Dictionary in ZDMG (forthcoming) 7 pp.
  14. S. Weninger.  Das Verbalsystem des Alta¨thiopischen in Aethiopica 6 (forthcoming) 5pp.
  15. 80. Ga¨bra¨ Iyya¨sus Kifle. History of the Origin of the G∞·∞z Languag (in Tigrinya)  id.
  16. Y. Sabar. A Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dictionary in Mediterranean Language Review (forthcoming) 8 pp.

אולגה קפליוק - רשימת  פרסומים בעברית

  1. תולדות התיאטרון הערבי. במה 59 (1960): 74-78.
  2. ספרות ואמנות בעולם הערבי - מדור קבוע מתוך העתונות הערבית. המזרח החדש 1960-1962.
  3. היסטוריה של אתיופיה. האנציקלופדיה העברית 1963.
  4. איוב לודולף (אבי הבלשנות האתיופית).  האנציקלופדיה העברית  1966.
  5. אפרסתא - תרגום מאמהרית של ספור מאת ח.אי.פקדו. המזרח החדש 17 (1967): 152-161.
  6. מנליכ. האנציקלופדיה העברית  1966.
  7. תיאודורוס. האנציקלופדיה העברית 1966.
  8. אפה-וורק-חלוץ הספרות האמהרית. המזרח החדש 21 (1971): 16-22.
  9. בעיות בדקדוק מעמת עברי-אמהרי, תיגראי. אורחות  11 - נספח (1983) - דפי הדרכה למורים - משרד החינוך והתרבות: המחלקה לחינוך מבוגרים: 1-21.
  10. ייחודה של השפה האמהרית. בקובץ אגדה של עלייה - יהודי אתיופיה וקליטתם הלשונית.משרד החינוך והתרבות - האגף לחינוך מבוגרים. ירושלים 1988: 37-43.
  11. ת  ו- ד רפות בארמי חדשה. מסורות 9-10-11 (1997): 527-544.
  12. הטיפולוגיה של השמית החדשה. "שבע" קובץ מטעם אוניברסיטת באר-שבע, 17 עמ' (בדפוס).
  13. הארמית החדשה של היהודים כראי להשפעות זרות. משגב ירושלים, 7 עמ' (בדפוס).
  14. עריכה מדעית:

א.       מלון קצר עברי-אמהרי עבור משרד הקליטה.

ב.       הלשון האמהרית למתחילים - ספר לימוד לבתי ספר. משרד החינוך והתרבות - האגף לתכניות לימודים. ירושלים 1997, 300 עמ'.

ג.        ארליך ח., סלומון ה., קפלן ס. אתיופיה - נצרות, אסלאם, יהדות. האוניברסיטה הפתוחה. 2003, 383 עמ'.