Circassian israelis: Multilingualism as a way of life

Isabelle Kreindler, Marsha Bensoussan, Eleanor Avinor, Chen Bram

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The Circassian community in Israel, though one of the smallest in the diaspora (about 3000), is also one of the most successful in preserving its national identity and language, while at the same time integrating into Israeli life. We have recently launched a multi-disciplinary study of this unique community in Israel, which we hope will become part of a broader study of Circassian communities both in the diaspora (Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Germany and other countries) and in the Caucasian homeland (one of the communities is described by Bridges, this issue). Our team is from various disciplines: Anthropology, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics and history. The present paper, the first in a planned series, presents general background on the Israeli Circassians and then focuses on our recently completed study of Circassian pupils in Kfar Kama, the larger of the two Circassian villages in Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-162
Number of pages14
JournalLanguage, Culture and Curriculum
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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