Hebrew and Zionism: A Discourse Analytic Cultural Study

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This book observes and critiques controversies on the genesis and the character of Israeli Hebrew. Did it emerge through revival? Did Ben-Yehuda play a role in it? Is Hebrew a normal language now? The hegemonic ideology of the revival of Hebrew is shown to have been harmonious with various Zionist streams, as well as with its revival, Canaanism. The effects of revivalism are evaluated, and argument is made in favor of non-revivalist alternatives in linguistics and in language education.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Background and theory 1
Ch. 2 The emergence of Israeli Hebrew 41
Ben-Yehuda: A biography 42
Reframing Ben-Yehuda 107
A non-revivalist research agenda of the history of Israeli Hebrew 120
Ch. 3 The debate over the normalcy of Hebrew 137
Competing discourses in linguistics 138
Competing discourses in post-independence Zionism 147
The rounds of the debate 152
The problem of normalcy 185
The state of the debate after the 1950s 190
Ch. 4 Canaanite alternatives in politics and linguistics 197
A movement and a family 199
Canaanite political discourse 201
Canaanite linguistic discourse 233
Ch. 5 Afterword 279
General 279
The nation 280
The language 287
App Transliteration of Hebrew 293
References 297
Index 317
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