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Galilean Dialect
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The Galilean dialect was a unique, esoteric variety of Hebrew spoken during the early years of the language’s revival in Israel. As spoken linguistic norms had not yet been established, there were many varieties of the spoken language represented throughout the country. The Galilean dialect was created in the late 1890s and died out in the 1920s (Bar-Adon 1975). The leading teacher responsible for the creation of the dialect was Yitzḥak Epstein, who in turn was succeeded by Simḥa Ḥayyim Wilkomitz and supported by teachers in the Upper Galilee.

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Schwarzwald, Ora (Rodrigue), “Galilean Dialect”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000063>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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