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A ‘neologism’ is a recently coined word—either a new form altogether or an existing form recently introduced with a different meaning.

Though individual speakers have coined words throughout the history of Hebrew, it is often difficult to identify neologisms in pre-modern strata of Hebrew. Yitzhak Avinery collected hundreds of Hebrew words and forms that appear for the first time in the massive Bible and Talmud commentary of Rabbi Shelomo Yiṣḥaqi (Rashi, 1040–1105), but it is not clear that these constitute neologis…

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Yadin, Azzan, “Neologism”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000910>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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