Modern Hebrew; ʿivrít ḥadašá עברית חדשה
Native Speakers: 5 million; L2 Speakers: 4 million
State of Israel; Jewish Diaspora (worldwide)
Official: State of Israel
Semitic, Canaanite branch
Hebrew was replaced as the vernacular of the Jewish people by a dialect of Aramaic around the 3rd century BCE. It continued to be used as a literary and liturgical language and was later revived as a spoken language for the State of Israel in the 19th and 20th centuries. Hebrew is generally a subject-verb-object (SVO) language and its syntax and morphology generally follow that of Mishnaic Hebrew, although there have been influences from many other languages as well. Hebrew also incorporates a significant number of loanwords from Arabic, Aramaic, Judeo-Spanish (Ladino), English, German, Polish, and Russian.
There are approximately 220,000 fluent speakers of Hebrew in the United States, many of which immigrated from Israel. Many more learn Biblical Hebrew as a liturgical language in Hebrew schools across the country. The majority of those who live in the U.S. are descended from the Ashkenazi Jewish people from Europe (roughly 90-95%). Many Jewish-Americans, particularly from the Hasidic community, speak Yiddish instead of Hebrew.
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