In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language

In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language


Hebrew as a language is simply over 3,000 years previous, and the tale of its alphabet is exclusive one of the languages of the realm. Hebrew set the level for nearly each smooth alphabet, and used to be arguably the 1st written language basic adequate for everybody, not only scribes, to benefit, making it attainable to make a written checklist to be had to the hundreds for the 1st time.

Written language has existed for thus many years—since round 3500 BCE—that so much people take it without any consideration. yet as Hoffman finds during this enjoyable and informative paintings, even the concept speech should be divided into devices known as “words” and that those phrases should be represented with marks on a web page, needed to be came across. As Hoffman issues out, virtually each glossy process of writing descends from Hebrew; via learning the historical past of this language, we will be able to examine lots approximately how we convey ourselves today.

Hoffman follows and decodes the journey that's the historical past of Hebrew, illuminating how the written list has survived, the importance of the useless Sea Scrolls and historic translations, and makes an attempt to figure out how the language truly sounded. He locations those advancements right into a historic context, and indicates their carrying on with impression at the sleek world.

This sweeping historical past lines Hebrew's improvement as one of many first languages to use vowels. Hoffman additionally covers the dramatic tale of the rebirth of Hebrew as a contemporary, spoken language.

Packed with energetic information regarding language and linguistics and heritage, In the Beginning is vital examining for either novices and students drawn to studying extra approximately Hebrew and languages in general.

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