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Polynesian Languages, Hebrew Loanwords in
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In the past, there have been scholars who argued for a genetic relationship between the Semitic languages and the Oceanic family of languages, of which Polynesian is a sub-group (e.g., Macdonald 1907). Such a theory is quite fantastical, of course. A connection of sorts between Hebrew and Polynesian does exist, however, although it is not genetic. Indeed, few Hebraists and Semitists are aware of the fact that a significant number of Hebrew words have been borrowed into several Polynesian languag…

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Rubin, Aaron D., “Polynesian Languages, Hebrew Loanwords in”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000719>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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