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Patterns of Dislocation: Judeo-Arabic Syntactic Influence on Modern Hebrew

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This article deals with a phenomenon of Modern Hebrew that exhibits the influence of Judeo-Arabic: the phenomenon of dislocation as found in the Hebrew sociolect of the Israeli periphery, among descendants of Middle Eastern and North African Jews. I call this sociolect Israeli Periphery Hebrew (IPH). The article examines the widespread use of dislocation constructions in IPH—specifically pronominal dislocation, as well as echo and anchoring constructions—and their unique features. Even though dislocation is typical of spoken language in general, it is argued here that its frequency and unique constructions in IPH reflect the influence of the Judeo-Arabic substrate. The article attempts to illuminate the sources and roots of these dislocated constructions.

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