Revivalistics: From the Genesis of Israeli to Language Reclamation in Australia and Beyond

ISBN : 9780199812776

Ghil'ad Zuckermann
352 ページ
156 x 235 mm

In this book, Ghil'ad Zuckermann introduces revivalistics, a new trans-disciplinary field of enquiry surrounding language reclamation, revitalization, and reinvigoration. Applying lessons from the Hebrew revival of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to contemporary endangered languages, Zuckermann takes readers along a fascinating and multifaceted journey into language revival and provides new insights into language genesis.

Beginning with a critical analysis of Israeli-the language resulting from the Hebrew revival-Zuckermann's radical theory contradicts conventional accounts of the Hebrew revival and challenges the family tree model of historical linguistics. Revivalistics demonstrates how grammatical cross-fertilization with the revivalists' mother tongues is inevitable in the case of successful "revival languages." The second part of the book then applies these lessons from the Israeli language to revival movements in Australia and globally, describing the "why" and "how" of revivalistics. With examples from the Barngarla Aboriginal language of South Australia, Zuckermann proposes ethical, aesthetic, and utilitarian reasons for language revival and offers practical methods for reviving languages.

Based on years of the author's research, fieldwork, and personal experience with language revivals all over the globe, Revivalistics offers ground-breaking theoretical and pragmatic contributions to the field of language reclamation, revitalization, and reinvigoration.


Notes on Phoentic Transcription, Transliteration, Native Orthography, and Translation
Chapter One: The Hebrew Reclamation: Myth and Reality
Chapter Two: 'Nother Tongue: Subconscious Cross-Fertilization between Hebrew and its Revivalists' Mother Tongues
Chapter Three: Defying Religion and Deifying Nationhood: Conscious Ideological Secularization of Hebrew Terms
Chapter Four: Realistic Prescriptivism: The Hebrew Language Academy and the Native Speaker
Chapter Five: Shift happens: Tarbutomics, Israeli Culturomics
Chapter Six: 'Stop, Revive, Survive': Revivalistics From the 'Promised Land' to the 'Lucky Country'
Chapter Seven: Talknology in the service of the Barngarla language reclamation
Chapter Eight: Native Tongue Title: Compensation for Linguicide
Chapter Nine: Our Ancestors are Happy: Language Revival and Mental Health


Ghil'ad Zuckermann is Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He is a chief investigator in a large research project assessing language revival and mental health, funded by Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council. He is elected fellow of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, board member of the Foundation for Endangered Languages, and President of the Australian Association for Jewish Studies.