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Jewish English, Hebrew Component in
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The influence of Hebrew on the English spoken by Jews is restricted mainly to the lexicon. Like other Diaspora communities, Jews in English-speaking countries use some words of Hebrew origin, especially (or solely) when communicating with other Jews. The number of Hebrew loanwords in Jewish English is not known with any precision, but estimates range from 500 to 2500. These words belong to various semantic domains, including religious observance (e.g., shacharit ‘morning service’ [< שחרית šaḥarit], Pesach ‘Passover’ [< פסח pesaḥ], tsitsis ‘ritual fringes’ [< ציצית ṣiṣit], riboyno …

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Benor, Sarah Bunin, “Jewish English, Hebrew Component in”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000098>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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