The Schizoid Nature of Modern Hebrew: A Slavic Language in Search of a Semitic Past

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Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 1990 - 146 pagini
Hebrew is regarded as a former living language which ceased to be a native language 1800 years ago, only to be given a spoken function anew in the late 19th century. Since the re-acquisition of a lost colloquial function has never been documented, Modern Hebrew has become an object of fascination among linguists and laymen alike.In this book the author claims- Modern Hebrew is not a direct continuation of monolingual Semitic Hebrew- Modern Hebrew was created when Yiddish speaker re-lexified their language to Biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew- Yiddish is a Slavic language, derived from Sorbian and thus, Modern Hebrew is a Slavic LanguageThese claims raise a number of interesting questions: why do most speakers believe that Modern Hebrew is a Semitic language, what are the contributions of Modern Hebrew to the typology of diglossia, historical and genetic linguistics, universal grammar, 2nd language acquisition and political science?
 

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INTRODUCTION
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MODERN HEBREW IS A SEMITIC LANGUAGE
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MODERN HEBREW IS A SLAVIC LANGUAGE
36
IMPLICATIONS FOR HEBREW AND
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ABBREVIATIONS
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