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Language in Time of Revolution$
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Benjamin Harshav

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780520079588

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520079588.001.0001

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The Beginnings of the Language Revival

The Beginnings of the Language Revival

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(p.104) Twenty-two The Beginnings of the Language Revival
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Language in Time of Revolution
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Benjamin Harshav

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520079588.003.0022

The revival of Hebrew as a base language of society was imperative for Jews' staying in a country. However, how can that be done even when there is a linguistic consciousness? How does one force people suddenly to speak to their children in a language they do not even know themselves? The effort to revive the Hebrew language was a central ideological slogan of the period, but it was always part of a larger ideological package that could justify a mere linguistic goal. Such ideologies required intense but difficult realization in the life of the individual, a realization of a whole cluster of objectives that involved the entire personality and which was effected under extraordinary pressures. The specific cluster itself changed from one trend to another.

Keywords:   revival, Hebrew, base language, society, realization, trend

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