The Social Organization of Language Learning in Israel

Daniel Lefkowitz

in Words and Stones

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195121902
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788347 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics

 The Social Organization of Language Learning in Israel

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This chapter conveys an ethnographic understanding of the contexts for speech and communication in Israeli society by discussing the learning (and unlearning) of languages in Israel. It focuses on the three languages primarily implicated in the negotiation of Arab and Jewish identities in Israel: Hebrew, Arabic, and English. It argues that the social contexts of language learning produce and constrain the configuration of contexts for language use observable in everyday social practice.

Keywords: language use; speech; communications; Israel; Israeli society; learning; Hebrew; Arabic; English

Chapter.  16819 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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