A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
This book describes how social identification and academic learning can
deeply depend on each other, through a theoretical account of the two
processes and a detailed empirical analysis of how students' identities
emerged and how students learned curriculum in one classroom. The book
traces the identity development of two students across an academic year,
showing how they developed unexpected identities in substantial part
because curricular themes provided categories that teachers and students
used to identify them and showing how students learned about curricular
themes in part because the two students were socially identified in ways
that illuminated those themes. The book's distinctive contribution is to
demonstrate in detail how social identification and academic learning can
become deeply interdependent.