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Need for an Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics

The Hebrew language has one of the longest attested histories of any of the world’s languages. We have records of its use from antiquity until modern times. Although it ceased to be a spoken language by the 2nd century c.e., or shortly thereafter, it continued to be used and to develop in the form of a literary and liturgical language until its revival as a vernacular in the 20th century.

The majority of research on the Hebrew language has concentrated on specific periods of the language. Traditionally Biblical He…

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“Introduction”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423, 20130809

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