Sociolinguistics: A Key to the Typology and the Social Background of Biblical Hebrew

  title={Sociolinguistics: A Key to the Typology and the Social Background of Biblical Hebrew},
  author={Frank H. Polak},
  journal={Hebrew Studies},
  pages={115 - 162}
  • F. Polak
  • Published 5 October 2011
  • Linguistics
  • Hebrew Studies
The methods of sociolinguistics enable us to view the large-scale variation in Biblical Hebrew in the light of the interaction between language and society, and thus to relate linguistic phenomena to a certain socio-cultural and socio-political context. One of the important aspects of sociolinguistic analysis is the cross-linguistic and cross-cultural variation between oral and written language (Chafe, Halliday). Thus we attempt the sociolinguistic characterization of three strata of biblical… 
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