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Hebrew

A language of Israel

ISO 639-3heb

Population  4,850,000 in Israel (1998). Population total all countries: 5,316,700.
Region  Also in Australia, Canada, Germany, Palestinian West Bank and Gaza, Panama, United Kingdom, United States.
Alternate names   Ivrit
Dialects  Standard Hebrew (General Israeli, Europeanized Hebrew), Oriental Hebrew (Arabized Hebrew, Yemenite Hebrew). Not a direct offspring from Biblical or other varieties of Ancient Hebrew, but an amalgamation of different Hebrew strata plus intrinsic evolution within the living speech.
Classification  Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Canaanite
Language use  Official language. Some who use it as L1 now in Israel learned it as L2 originally. Spoken by all Israelis as L1 or L2. There is a Hebrew Language Academy.
Language development  Fully developed. Bible: 1599–1877.
Writing system  Hebrew script.
Comments  SVO. Jewish.