LINGUIST List 12.94

Wed Jan 17 2001

Books: Sociolinguistics/Hebrew

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  1. Gillian Caglayan, Socioling/Hebrew: Hebrew and Zionism by R. Kuzar

Message 1: Socioling/Hebrew: Hebrew and Zionism by R. Kuzar

Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 10:50:12 +0100
From: Gillian Caglayan <>
Subject: Socioling/Hebrew: Hebrew and Zionism by R. Kuzar

New publication from Mouton de Gruyter

>From the series
Language, Power and Social Process
Series Editors: Monica Heller & Richard J. Watts

Ron Kuzar

Hebrew and Zionism
A Discourse Analytic Cultural Study

2001. 23 x 15,5 cm. xii, 324 pages.

Cloth. DM 168,- / EUR 85,90 / �S 1226,- (RRP) / sFr 144,- / *US$ 79.95
ISBN 3-11-016992-4
Paperback. DM 68,- / EUR 34,77 / �S 496,- (RRP) / sFr 60,- / *US$ 34.95
ISBN 3-11-016993-2


This book observes and critiques controversies on the genesis and the
character of Israeli Hebrew. Did it emerge through revival? Did
Ben-Yehuda play a role in it? Is Hebrew a normal language now? The
hegemonic ideology of the revival of Hebrew is shown to have been
harmonious with various Zionist streams, as well as with its rival,
Canaanism. The effects of revivalism are evaluated, and argument is
made in favor of non-revivalist alternatives in linguistics and in
language education.


Chapter 1 - Background and Theory:
Introduction / The themes of the book / Theory and Methodology / The
Jerusalem School of Academia / A note on the language of this book

Chapter 2 - The emergence of Israeli Hebrew:
Introduction / Ben-Yehuda: A biography / Reframing Ben-Yahuda / A
non-revivalist research agenda of the history of Israeli Hebrew /

Chapter 3 - The debate over the normalcy of Hebrew:
Introduction / Competing discourses in linguistics / Competing
discourses in post-independence Zionism / The rounds of the debate / The
problem of normalcy / The state of the debate after the 1950s / Summary

Chapter 4 - Canaanite alternatives in politics and linguistics:
Introduction / A movement and a family / Canaanite political discourse /
Canaanite linguistic discourse / Summary

Chapter 5 - Afterword:
General / The nation / The language

Appendix - Transliteration of Hebrew:
Simplified transliteration / Scholarly transliteration

" ... the work will become indispensable reading for anyone interested
 in an advanced knowledge of the history of Hebrew."
Dr. Ivan Kalmar, University of Toronto

For more information please contact the publisher:
Mouton de Gruyter
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10785 Berlin, Germany
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