Sara Shilo's no Gnomes will appear: A linguistic analysis

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This article examines the unique, nonstandard features of the Hebrew language of Sara Shilo's award-winning book No Gnomes Will Appear (2005). Raising the question of whether this language is simply nonstandard Hebrew, or whether its "faults" have an identifiable background, it identifies the origins of many of its features in the spoken Judeo-Arabic that underlies the Hebrew of the book's protagonists. Subjecting the colorful language of the book's characters to a linguistic analysis, it notes and exemplifies the influence of North African Judeo-Arabic on semantic, lexical, morphological, and syntactic phenomena in what is defined here as the "language of the periphery".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-284
Number of pages20
JournalHebrew Studies
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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