Language Contact and the Development of Modern Hebrew is a first rigorous attempt by scholars of Hebrew to evaluate the syntactic impact of the various languages with which Modern Hebrew was in contact during its formative years. Twenty-four different innovative syntactic constructions of Modern Hebrew are analysed, and shown to originate in previous stages of Hebrew, which, since the third century CE, solely functioned as a scholarly and liturgical language. The syntactic changes in the constructions are traced to the native languages of the first Modern Hebrew learners, and later to further reanalysis by the first generation of native speakers.
The contents of this volume was also published as a special double issue of Journal of Jewish Languages, 3: 1-2 (2015).
Edit Doron, Ph.D. (1983, The University of Texas at Austin) is Professor of Linguistics and member of the Language, Logic and Cognition Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has published articles on the syntax and semantics of Hebrew, Arabic, Neo-Aramaic, and French, and is currently co-editor of Brill’s Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics and associate editor of Theoretical Linguistics.
All who are interested in Hebrew, Modern-Hebrew, Revival-Hebrew, historical-linguistics, language-revival, language-contact, language-change, syntactic-change, diachronic-syntax, substrate, borrowing, calque, revernacularization, grammaticalization, degrammaticalization and Jewish languages.