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Can words be added to the Hebrew language?

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  • Orla
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Yes they can. http://www.adath-shalom.ca/hebrew_slang_sappan.htm

    As Israel has 120 people from different countries represented, this language evolves fast.

    The Hebrew language has undergone many transformations through years of use as well as exposure to foreign languages, both through migration to foreign lands and the conquest of the Holy Land by other people. Thus, we see two dialects in the Modern Hebrew language itself - the Jewish and the Samaritan.

    In the olden times, Hebrew was reserved solely for use in prayers as it was considered the Holy Language. As a result, Hebrew was not used in everyday conversations since these situations were considered to be vulgar. The rationale behind this separation of languages is that Hebrew was the language used in the creation of the universe and of the world. Spoken, not written, speech was the ultimate creative tool that allowed creation from absolute nothingness. So, speaking the language of the creation outside of prayers and meditation was considered absolute blasphemy.

    As time went on, however, Hebrew was used for everyday conversations as well as the language of literature, commerce and general society. Thus, an educated Jew from Europe can communicate clearly and fluently with another educated Jew from America. This also applies for non-Jew individuals with a fluent grasp of the Hebrew language.

    Today, Modern Hebrew is recognized as one of the three official languages of the only Jewish state in the world - Israel - along with Arabic and English. It came about through the efforts of the appropriately named Committee of the Hebrew Language, which later become the Academy of the Hebrew Language still existing today.

    The efforts of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda must also be recognized in the development of the Hebrew language as we know it today. The results of their combined efforts was the widely accepted Complete Dictionary of Ancient and Modern Hebrew, which later became the main language of the Jewish people regardless of descent and country of origin.

    Check this website for more information on Hebrew: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_language

    Source(s): Fluent. I learned Hebrew and its history in Israel where I lived for almost 4 years.
  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    The Old testamnet is written in Hebrew and Aramaic. The Hebrew phrase YHWH (no vowels are ever given to this phrase so the pronunciation isn't transparent) kind the bottom for the title Jehovah and is determined really in most cases within the Bible. If the JW's translated from the customary Hebrew they might realize that. Since they declare or else, one need to query their validity. The handiest method they would probably say what they do, is that if they anticipate that each one Bibles are translated from the Vulgate, a Latin Translation produced by way of Jerome within the fifth cent. Here the is not going to uncover the phrase Jehovah because Jerome used a further Greek phrase in its situation.

  • 1 decade ago

    Hebrew is a living language. Words like computer, space shuttle, etc., which did not exist in the 1940s when Israel decided to adopt the ancient language as the national language, have been added to the lexicon. Words are added to Hebrew on a regular basis just like in English.

  • 1 decade ago

    Sure, just make them up like everyone else does to the English language

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    what do you mean?

    its not like theres something without a word..

    but yea.. new things are being invented everyday and they must have a name. so pretty much the person who invented the thing chooses its name

  • Kevin7
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The answer is yes

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