“The History of the Hebrew Language” | The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies

“The History of the Hebrew Language”

THURSDAY, October 27, 2011

Rina Kreitman, Hebrew Program Director at Columbia University.
7:00 pm - The Tucson Jewish Community Center (3800 E. River Rd)

Sponsored by The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, The Center for Middle East Studies, 
The Department of Linguistics, The Tucson Jewish Community Center & The Tucson Marriott University Park

In her presentation, Rina Krietman will present a brief overview of the Hebrew language as a member of the Afro-asiatic languages. Then she will review the history of the Hebrew language and its four major periods, starting with the Biblical period and all the way to Modern Hebrew. A major part of the presentation will focus on an in depth discussion of the revival of the Hebrew language and how the general principles of "language planning" were applied to ultimately lead to its revival. The presentation will conclude with an overview of the status of Modern Hebrew today.

A native of Israel, Dr.Rina Kreitman has devoted her professional career to the study of the Hebrew Language. After graduating from Tel- Aviv University, Dr.Kreitman pursued her Masters and Ph.D at Cornell University in Linguistics. Dr. Kreitman held the position of the Hebrew program Coordinator at Emory University in Atlanta, and she is currently the Director of the Hebrew program at Columbia University.


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