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Modern Hebrew: The Language of Literature
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This entry deals with the language of both modern poetry and modern prose from two main aspects, stylistics and style, on the one hand, and literary discourse, on the other. The one main feature that is common to all literary texts is poetic license (Leech 1969; Ephratt 1996), which is the permission given those who compose literary texts to make up new words ad hoc, either using the language’s normal derivational rules or innovating in other ways, to purposely distort phrases and words, to deviate from the timeline, to mix times, to mix registers, and so on…

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Fruchtman, Maya, “Modern Hebrew: The Language of Literature”, 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_00000300>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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