Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew by G. Zuckermann

By G. Zuckermann

Israeli Hebrew is a spoken language, 'reinvented' during the last century. It has spoke back to the hot social and technological calls for of globalization with a vigorously constructing multisourced lexicon, enriched through overseas language touch. during this unique and rigorous examine, the writer offers a principled category of neologisms, their semantic fields and the jobs of resource languages, besides a sociolinguistic examine of the attitudes of 'purists' and usual local audio system within the pressure among linguistic creativity and the maintenance of a special language id.

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Second, there is a historical reason: in the Hasidic tradition Hebrew texts were translated verbatim, word for word, and this seems to be what the writer(s) did with this song. Such popular bilingual homophonous creations have existed throughout Europe. Consider the following two sentences: (i)Ivitelli dei romani sono belli. e. 'be in that place (in the Siris, the name of two rivers, one in Ethiopia (the Nile) and one in Italy) and you'd be able to avoid evils'. ' Efraim Luzzatto (1729-92) wrote the following Italo-Hebraic poem on an anonymous tombstone (see Luzzatto 1942:48, first published 1768):33 Italian Ah!

Viini 'wine'), and is nowadays not as popular as it used to be after the Second World War. While yellow wine could be referred to as a PSM, three beans is a PM tout court. However, the difference between PM and PSM does not form a discrete system but rather a continuum. In other words, many PSMs could well be regarded as semanticized PMs (henceforth SPMs), that is PMs rationalized semantically only after the neologizer had chosen the TL nativizing material that is phonetically similar to the SL lexical item.

Similarly, Swe. Pippi L&ngstrump (cf. E Pippi Longstocking, the surname being a caique of the Swedish), the name of the protagonist of Astrid Lingren's children's stories, was phonetically matched in Israeli as Dto-K1?

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