Hebrew and Arabic in Contact: Deviation and Interference in Iraqi Jewish Fiction.

29 Mar 2018

As bilingual authors, Iraqi Jewish novelists use Arabic in some of their Hebrew novels, the result of which has been some linguistic phenomena related to languages in contact. This paper discusses the deviations and inter- ferences between Arabic and Hebrew in Iraqi Jewish fiction, asserting that both interference and deviation from the Modern Hebrew norm occur at times under the influence of Arabic. The paper concludes with the question of whether these deviations from the Modern He- brew norm foreground literary texts by Iraqi Jewish authors.