Accent: The Politics of Poetry and the Sound of Hebrew

By Miryam Segal

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, November 2010

The author describes the development of the convention of terminal-stress pattern (stressing the final syllable) in Israeli Hebrew. In the 19th century, she explains, Hebrew speakers pronounced Hebrew using a mixture of Sephardic and Ashkenazi pronunciations. Hebrew poetry's rhythms and meters demonstrate that the poems were meant to be read using Ashkenazi stress patterns, not the terminal-stress pattern that has come to define Israeli Hebrew since the 1930s.

Topic: Literature, Language, Artistic Expression, Culture, Hebrew, Zionism

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.41/No.674

Page Number(s): 12-13

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Segal, Miryam. Accent: The Politics of Poetry and the Sound of Hebrew. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. November 2010: 12-13. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7600


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