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Words and StonesThe Politics of Language and Identity in Israel$
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Daniel Lefkowitz

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195121902

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195121902.001.0001

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Intonation and the Negotiation of Sabra Identity

Intonation and the Negotiation of Sabra Identity

(p.236) 8 Intonation and the Negotiation of Sabra Identity
Words and Stones

Daniel Lefkowitz (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on a different level of linguistic structure (intonation) and on a different dimension of the three-way identity struggle, emphasizing the role of Jewish ethnicity in Israeli national identity. While Mizrahim have abandoned some of the stereotyped (linguistic) markers of their ethnicity, they continue to exhibit identity difference through language. Examination of the distribution and social meaning of one particular pitch contour, a phrase-final rise-fall, suggests that the linguistic marking of Jewish ethnicity in Israel has shifted from phonology to intonation.

Keywords:   language, phonology, intonation, Israeli national identity, sociolinguistics

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