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Wexler, Paul
The schizoid nature of Modern Hebrew: A Slavic language in search of a Semitic past
volume: 4
pages/dimensions: VII, 146 pages
language: English
binding: Book (Paperback)
dimensions: 24.00 × 24.00 cm
weight: 305g
edition: 1. Print on Demand-Nachdruck
publishing date: 01.01.1990
prices: 39,00 Eur[D] / 40,10 Eur[A]
ISBN: 978-3-447-03063-2
39,00 Eur

Hebrew is regarded as a former living language which ceased to be a native language 1800 years ago, only to be given a spoken function anew in the late 19th century. Since the re-acquisition of a lost colloquial function has never been documented, Modern Hebrew has become an object of fascination among linguists and laymen alike.
In this book the author claims
- Modern Hebrew is not a direct continuation of monolingual Semitic Hebrew
- Modern Hebrew was created when Yiddish speaker re-lexified their language to Biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew
- Yiddish is a Slavic language, derived from Sorbian and thus, Modern Hebrew is a Slavic Language
These claims raise a number of interesting questions: why do most speakers believe that Modern Hebrew is a Semitic language, what are the contributions of Modern Hebrew to the typology of diglossia, historical and genetic linguistics, universal grammar, 2nd language acquisition and political science?