A Dead Language Comes to Life

Proceedings of The 6th International Conference on Innovative Research in Education

Year: 2023



A Dead Language Comes to Life

Aviv Meltzer




Every year, many languages dating from a few hundred years old to thousands, die. Among these are American Indian tribal languages, Polynesian tribal languages, African, Inuit, and others become extinct. There is no recorded place in history where the people ceased speaking the language of their nation when they were conquered and dispersed for two thousand years, adopting the languages of the nations where they lived in the diaspora, and then returned to be a nation with its original language. Nonetheless, this is the case of modern-day Hebrew. This paper will deal with how this language “miracle” came about.

keywords: Dying languages, Hebrew