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Title: Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew
Written By: Ghil'ad Zuckermann
URL: http://www.palgrave.com/products/Catalogue.aspx?is=1-4039-1723-X
Description:

'...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 Massachusetts '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 Michigan

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.

Contents
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
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 Languages'
The Source Languages
Statistical Analysis
Conclusions and Theoretical Implications
Appendix: Transcription, Transliteration and Translation
References
Index

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Hebrew
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 140391723X
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Pages: 304
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