The Beginnings of the Language Revival

Benjamin Harshav

in Language in Time of Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1993 | ISBN: 9780520079588
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912960 | DOI:
The Beginnings of the Language Revival

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The revival of Hebrew as a base language of society was imperative for Jews' staying in a country. However, how can that be done even when there is a linguistic consciousness? How does one force people suddenly to speak to their children in a language they do not even know themselves? The effort to revive the Hebrew language was a central ideological slogan of the period, but it was always part of a larger ideological package that could justify a mere linguistic goal. Such ideologies required intense but difficult realization in the life of the individual, a realization of a whole cluster of objectives that involved the entire personality and which was effected under extraordinary pressures. The specific cluster itself changed from one trend to another.

Keywords: revival; Hebrew; base language; society; realization; trend

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Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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