Early Phonological Traditions in a Contemporary Hebrew Sociolect

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The article traces the place of, and changing attitudes in the research toward, the Mizrahi sociolect of Modern Hebrew in Israel. Initially defined by Haim Blanc in the 1950s as paralleling Askhenazoid Hebrew, Blanc's sociolinguistic definition did not evoke scholarly interest. Many scholars noted the widespread adoption of the Ashkenazoid variety and even predicted the disappearance of the Mizrahi sociolect. A shift came in the twenty-first century. A comprehensive field study by the author showed the continued, widespread existence and distribution of the Mizrahi sociolect and its impact in many linguistic spheres. This article focuses on chosen phonological issues from Mizrahi Hebrew: the realization of pharyngeals, and of ere, and the preservation of precise, early Hebrew forms: šeur and the vowel in the second radical of III-y verbs, such as xiketi.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-440
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Semitic Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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