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The Emergence of Spoken Israeli Hebrew

"Hebrew was spoken in Palestine during biblical and mishnaic times. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Hebrew was reintroduced into speech, and has become a full-fledged vernacular and the national language of the Jews in Israel. As an official language of Israel, and as the language of the majority, Hebrew is used also by minorities in the State of Israel as their second language. The shift in status of Hebrew to a full-fledged native language is most commonly referred to as the “revival” of spoken Hebrew..."

Author(s):  Izre'el, Shlomo
Format:  Article
Source:  Paper presented at the symposium Corpus Linguistics and the Study of Modern Hebrew