Patterns of dislocation: Judeo-Arabic syntactic influence on modern Hebrew

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This article deals with a phenomenon of Modern Hebrew that exhibits the influence of Judeo-Arabic: the phenomenon of dislocation as found in the Hebrew sociolect of the Israeli periphery, among descendants of Middle Eastern and North African Jews. I call this sociolect Israeli Periphery Hebrew (IPH). The article examines the widespread use of dislocation constructions in IPH—specifically pronominal dislocation, as well as echo and anchoring constructions—and their unique features. Even though dislocation is typical of spoken language in general, it is argued here that its frequency and unique constructions in IPH reflect the influence of the Judeo-Arabic substrate. The article attempts to illuminate the sources and roots of these dislocated constructions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage Contact and the Development of Modern Hebrew
EditorsEdit Doron
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789004302006
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics
ISSN (Print)0081-8461

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
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  • Anchoring constructions
  • Dislocation
  • Echo constructions
  • Hebrew of the Israeli periphery
  • Judeo-Arabic
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Pronominal dislocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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