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Words and Stones: The Politics of Language and Identity in Israel

Daniel Lefkowitz


Social and ethnic identity are nowhere more enmeshed with language than in Israel. This book explores the politics of identity in Israel through an analysis of the social life of language. By examining the social choices Israelis make when they speak, and the social meanings such choices produce, the book reveals how Israeli identities are negotiated through language. It studies three major languages and their role in the social lives of Israelis: Hebrew, the dominant language, Arabic, and English. It reveals their complex interrelationship by showing how the language a speaker chooses to use ... More

Keywords: Israel, language, identity, politics, Hebrew, Arabic, English, Ashkenazi Israelis, Mizrahi Israelis, Palestinian Israelis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195121902
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195121902.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Lefkowitz, author
University of Virginia
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