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Sandwich Languages
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A language that has a substratum of another language and also has a superstratum of the same language as the substratum is known as a ‘sandwich language’. The term describes Jewish languages spoken in Israel.

One of the most widely studied characteristics of Jewish languages is the Hebrew component. This component is what remains of the substratum of Biblical, post-biblical, and Medieval Hebrew. When immigra…

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Gindin, Thamar E., “Sandwich Languages”, 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_SIM_000534>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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