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  1. palgravemacmillan, Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew: Zuckermann

Message 1: Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew: Zuckermann

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 05:30:51 -0500 (EST)
From: palgravemacmillan <>
Subject: Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew: Zuckermann

Title: Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 
Book URL: 

Author: Ghil'ad Zuckermann, Gulbenkian Research Fellow at Churchill
	College, Cambridge

Hardback: ISBN: 140391723X, Pages: 304, Price: �55/$80


'...this is the first time that anyone has drawn attention to the
extent to which 'phono-semantic matching' applies in word
formation...a most important contribution to the study of Israeli
Hebrew word formation in particular and of language change in
general.' Shmuel Bolozky, Professor of Hebrew, University of

'This book will interest not only researchers and graduate students in
the topic but also Hebraists. Moreover, any layman who loves words
will find it absorbing and entertaining... it is both scholarly and
original [and] an outstanding contribution to the science of
etymology.' Professor Geoffrey Lewis, St Antony's College, Oxford

'..fascinating and multifaceted... a paean to linguistic
creativity. It is especially timely in the present historical context
of rapid globalization and linguistic inter-influence.' Professor
James A. Matisoff, Department of Linguistics, University of
California, Berkeley

'The volume is extremely impressive. Zuckermann demonstrates a mastery
of European and Hebrew lexicography... In addition to developing a
rigorous analytical framework, he offers many detailed word (and
compound) histories and carves out a well-defined position on issues
of much significance.' Professor Jeffrey Heath, University of

Israeli Hebrew is a spoken language, 'reinvented' over the last
century. It has responded to the new social and technological demands
of globalization with a vigorously developing multisourced lexicon,
enriched by foreign language contact. In this detailed and rigorous
study, the author provides a principled classification of neologisms,
their semantic fields and the roles of source languages, along with a
sociolinguistic study of the attitudes of 'purists' and ordinary
native speakers in the tension between linguistic creativity and the
preservation of a distinct language identity.

New Perspectives on Lexical Enrichment
The Case of Israeli: Multisourced Neologization (MSN) as an Ideal
 Technique for Lexical Enrichment
Addition of Sememe Versus Introduction of Lexeme
MSN in Various Terminological Areas
Sociolinguistic Analysis: Attitudes Towards MSN in 'Reinvented
The Source Languages
Statistical Analysis
Conclusions and Theoretical Implications
Appendix: Transcription, Transliteration and Translation

Lingfield(s):	Historical Linguistics 

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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