Language contact and the development of modern Hebrew

Sarah Benor (Editor), Edit Doron (Editor), Ofra Tirosh-Becker (Editor)

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This is is a first rigorous attempt by scholars of Hebrew to evaluate the syntactic impact of the various languages with which Modern Hebrew was in contact during its formative years. Twenty-four different innovative syntactic constructions of Modern Hebrew are analysed, and shown to originate in previous stages of Hebrew, which, since the third century CE, solely functioned as a scholarly and liturgical language. The syntactic changes in the constructions are traced to the native languages of the first Modern Hebrew learners, and later to further reanalysis by the first generation of native speakers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages356
ISBN (Electronic)900430200X, 9004310894, 9789004302006, 9789004310896
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in Semitic languages and linguistics
Volumevolume 84

Bibliographical note

Originally published in "The Journal of Jewish Languages" as Volume 3, Nos. 1-2 pages 5-348 by Brill.


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