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The Languages of the Jews: A Sociolinguistic History

  title={The Languages of the Jews: A Sociolinguistic History},
  author={Bernard Spolsky},
Glossary 1. Is Hebrew an endangered language? 2. The emergence of Hebrew 3. Hebrew-Aramaic bilingualism and competition 4. Three languages in Hellenistic and Roman Palestine 5. From statehood to diaspora 6. The Arabian and African connections 7. The spread of Islam 8. The Jews of France 9. The Jews of Spain and their languages 10. Loter-Ashkenaz and the creation of Yiddish 11. The Yavanic area - Greece and Italy 12. Jews in Slavic lands 13. Linguistic emancipation and assimilation in Europe 14… Expand
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  • Linguistic Legitimacy and Social Justice
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  • Sociology
  • The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities
  • 2018
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