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Language Contact in Judea? Hebrew, Aramaic, and Punic

In: Dead Sea Discoveries
Author: Uri Mor1
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  • 1 The Department of Hebrew Language, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israelmoru@bgu.ac.il
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This paper examines a set of linguistic parallels between Judean Hebrew and Aramaic, on the one hand, and Punic and Late Punic, on the other, in order to examine J. T. Milik’s 1957 claim for a Hebrew-Phoenician koine in southern Palestine. The analysis of the evidence indeed indicates language contact (rather than parallel development), but does not support Milik’s notion of a southern koine.

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