This introductory chapter presents general information about Modern Hebrew (MH), as the topic of the present volume. It delineates major features of MH in order to contextualize the language in space - in terms of its community of speakers; in time - in relation to its diachronic background and its status as a Semitic language; and in culture - as reflected in various strands of research and the different labels assigned to the language at issue here. To this end, the chapter starts with a short survey of the evolution and current use of MH as reviewed in the other chapters of this introductory part of the book, followed by a brief survey of prescriptive and descriptive research on Modern Hebrew.
|Title of host publication
|Usage-Based Studies in Modern Hebrew Background, Morpho-lexicon, and Syntax
|Ruth A. Berman
|John Benjamins Publishing Company
|Number of pages
|Published - 2020
|Studies in Language Companion Series
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