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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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Principles of the Revolution: A Retrospective Summary

Principles of the Revolution: A Retrospective Summary

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(p.173) Twenty-Nine Principles of the Revolution: A Retrospective Summary
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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/9780520079588.003.0029

These three—the base language of the society, the individual, and the text—are interdependent: Without many individuals whose base language is Hebrew, no language of a Hebrew society could function, and vice versa; without a living society in Hebrew, a Hebrew-speaking individual is nothing but a curiosity or a Don Quixote. Also, without the continuous development of a rich language of texts, there is not a full life either for the individual or for the society in our complex world (unless they preserve their language as a “tribal tongue” as many African nations do, and require another language, e.g., English, for cultural life), and vice versa; without a society living in this language, the world of texts has no foundation, as Hebrew and Yiddish literature in Diaspora died out. The connection between the three intertwined systems is circular.

Keywords:   base, language, society, individual, text, Hebrew, English, Yiddish, literature, Diaspora

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