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Language in Jewish Society: Towards a New Understanding
     

Language in Jewish Society: Towards a New Understanding

by John Myhill
 
This book argues that the usage of language in Jewish societies can be understood as following from certain specific principles, particularly regarding the relationship between language and identity. Phenomena discussed include the revival of Hebrew, Hebrew in the Diaspora, the survival and ‘sanctification’ of Yiddish, the idea of ‘Jewish

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This book argues that the usage of language in Jewish societies can be understood as following from certain specific principles, particularly regarding the relationship between language and identity. Phenomena discussed include the revival of Hebrew, Hebrew in the Diaspora, the survival and ‘sanctification’ of Yiddish, the idea of ‘Jewish languages’, and the role of sociolinguistic phenomena in the Holocaust and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Hebrew Union College in Journal of Sociolinguistic Sarah Bunin Benor

This book represents an important contribution to scholarship on Jewish languages and language revitalization. It also represents a springboard for further research on Jewish language varieties in Israel and the Diaspora and their evaluation by speakers and non-speakers.

University of Manitoba. Dr Moshe Nahir

This book makes an interesting and significant contribution to the fields of sociolinguistics and Jewish sociolinguistics.

Dr Moshe Nahir
This book makes an interesting and significant contribution to the fields of sociolinguistics and Jewish sociolinguistics.

Journal of Sociolinguistics 10/3 2006 - Sarah Bunin Benor
This book represents an important contribution to scholarship on Jewish languages and language revitalization. It also represents a springboard for further research on Jewish language varieties in Israel and the Diaspora and their evaluation by speakers and non-speakers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853597602
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters Ltd.
Publication date:
11/25/2004
Series:
Multilingual Matters Series , #128
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

John Myhill is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Haifa, where he has taught sociolinguistics since 1995. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and previously taught at SUNY-Buffalo and the University of Michigan. He has published articles on Jewish sociolinguistics in a number of journals and collections, and he has also done research on Hebrew semantics and syntax, Black English, and language typology. He is the author of Typological Discourse Analysis (1992).

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