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“Hebrew – From Sacred to Mother Tongue” with Keren Mock

How is a new mother tongue formed? What are the materials and the circumstances that permit the appearance of a “new” mother tongue? According to what process does an ancient language appear and “modernize” in order to be adopted and practiced by its speakers? An everyday language whose basis is spiritual, cultural and religious, Hebrew allows one to assess the genesis of a contemporary mother tongue. Proceeding with an archeological search which leads us from the present to the most ancient strata, the author dialogs with two of the greatest Israeli writers, Aharon Appelfeld and Sami Michael, enters into the lexicographic “factory” of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, and returns to the philosophical foundations of secular Hebrew by means of a new reading of Baruch Spinoza’s Compendium of Hebrew Grammar.

Details

When:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016. 12:00 PM

Where:

CCSRE Conference Room, Bldg. 360

Sponsor:

Taube Center for Jewish Studies

Admission:

Free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.