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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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Language in Time of Revolution

Benjamin Harshav

University of California Press

This chapter states that if there is development in the world, it is an evolution. An old layer is covered by a newer layer that is the same old layer with some additions and innovations. Words and forms of a language change and evolve like animals. They too undergo a struggle of survival. A form that fits better for clear expression, a word which is easier and clearer, will always win over forms and words that are less fitting for the given expression or are less easy and lucid. This is not the case in modern Hebrew literature, which is a pantheon of words, forms, and expressions from all periods, living peacefully next to one another. For language today is really not a language at all but a Biblical patch on top of a Mishnaic patch, with a Tibbonite patch on top of it.

Keywords:   world, evolution, layer, languages, survival, Hebrew, literature

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