The re-emergence of Hebrew as a national language

Yael Reshef*

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The re-emergence of Hebrew as a national language involved a social process - the rise of a speech community, and a linguistic process - the formation of a new linguistic system, structurally different from previous linguistic layers. Developments in writing and speech did not necessarily overlap, but followed two distinct paths, differing chronologically and centered in two geographic locations, Europe and Palestine. The social dimensions of the process have been extensively explored, whereas the study of its linguistic dimensions has been more limited. This article discusses the main phases of the process, explanations for its success, and principal controversies regarding it.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Semitic Languages
Subtitle of host publicationAn International Handbook
PublisherDe Gruyter Mouton
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783110251586
ISBN (Print)9783110186130
StatePublished - 23 Dec 2011

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