Hebrew

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A language of Israel

Alternate Names
Israeli, Ivrit
Population

4,850,000 in Israel (1998). Spoken by all Israelis as L1 or L2. Some who use it as L1 now in Israel learned it as L2 originally. Population total all countries: 5,302,770.

Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (1922, Palestine Order in Council, Article 82, 10 October).

Dialects

Oriental Hebrew (Arabized Hebrew, Yemenite Hebrew), Standard Hebrew (Europeanized Hebrew, General Israeli). An amalgamation of different Hebrew strata plus intrinsic linguistic evolution; not a direct offspring from Biblical or other varieties of Ancient Hebrew.

Typology

SVO.

Language Development
Fully developed. Bible: 1599–1877.
Writing

Braille script [Brai]. Hebrew script [Hebr], primary usage.

Other Comments

Jewish.