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Jewish Studies Program
6220 Reed Hall, Room 201
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
Telephone: (603) 646-0475

Program Chair
Ehud Benor
316 Thornton Hall
Telephone: (603) 646-1313


Thérèse Perin-Deville



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Lewis Glinert

Lewis Glinert

Professor, Dept of Asian and Mid Eastern Languages & Literatures
6191 Bartlett Hall, Hanover, NH 03755
Telephone (office): (603) 646 0364
Fax: (603) 646 3115


  • BA, Oxford (French and German), 1971
  • Ph.D, London (Linguistics), 1974

Jewish Studies Courses Taught

  • JWST 16/HEB10/AMES 17: Introduction to Hebrew and Israeli Culture
  • JWST 24.1/HEB 51: Hebrew of the Bible
  • JWST 24.2/HEB 63/CL41: Jewish Humor and Its Roots: Rabbis, Rogues and Schlemiels
  • JWST 24.3/HEB 62/CL70: Midrash: How the Rabbis Interpreted the Bible
  • JWST 24.4/HEB 61: Struggle and Rebirth in Modern Hebrew and Yiddish  Literature
  • JWST/HEB 61: Film, Fiction, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Recent Lectures

  • Invited speaker at Bar Ilan University international symposium “Traces, Folds and Splits: Types of Continuities in the Literature of the Jewish People”, January 2002
    Title: The Hasidic story and the sociolinguistic modernization of Eastern European Jews
  • Delivered the inaugural lecture at the opening of the Institute for the Study of Hasidic Texts at Hebrew College, MA, March 2002.
    Title: The drama in the narrative: The tales of the Baal Shem Tov

Recent Papers

  • Golem: The making of a modern myth. Symposium 55(2), pp. 78-94, Summer 2001

Research Interests

Glinert's current and recent research interests focus on three main areas:

  • General Discourse Analysis, particularly as applied to contemporary Hebrew
  • Language Planning: Working on theoretical aspects of function planning, with particular reference to
    • Absorption of immigrants in Israel;
    • The status of Hebrew as a written language;
    • The sociology of Hebrew dictionaries.
  • Sociolinguistics of Jewish Language:
    • The Yiddish letter-writing manual, a little explored Yiddish literary genre that challenges sociolinguistic conventions about what Yiddish is legitimate;
    • The language of the Ultraorthodox Jewish world;
    • The rebirth of Spoken Hebrew.
  • In addition, Glinert has recently published studies in popular Jewish and Israeli culture:
    • The Golem myth
    • The musical memorialization of Yitzhak Rabin.

Major Publications


  1. The Grammar of Modern Hebrew, Cambridge University Press, 1989
  2. The Joys of Hebrew, Oxford University Press, 1992
  3. (Editor) Hebrew in Ashkenaz: A Language in Exile, Oxford University Press, 1993
  4. Modern Hebrew: An Essential Grammar, Routledge, 1994
  5. Mamme Dear: A Turn-of-the-Century Collection of Model Yiddish Letters, Jason Aronson, 1997


  1. Aspects of British Judaism, SOAS Occasional Series in World Religions, 1985
  2. (Co-editor) Language among the Hasidim, = special issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language (forthcoming)



  1. 'The suffix -ayim: A case of syntactico-lexical homonymy', Hebrew Computational Linguistics 10, pp.1-16. [In Hebrew]
  2. 'How od: A Modern Hebrew pseudoquantifier', in Peter Cole (ed.) Studies in Modern Hebrew syntax and semantics, North-Holland, Amsterdam, pp.249-263


  1. 'Number switch in Modern Hebrew', Afroasiatic Linguistics 4:2, pp.1-38, 1977. 1978
  2. 'Shadow noun phrases in Modern Hebrew', Hebrew Computational Linguistics 13, pp.28-69, 1978. [In Hebrew]
  3. 'Quantifiers and determiners in teaching Hebrew as a second language', Orahot 10, pp.36-45, 1978. [In Hebrew]


  1. 'Linguistics and language teaching: The implications for Modern Hebrew', Hebrew Annual Review 3, pp.105-127, 1979. 1982
  2. 'Negative and non-assertive in Contemporary Hebrew', BSOAS 45, pp.434-470, 1982
  3. 'The preposition in Biblical and Modern Hebrew: Towards a redefinition', Hebrew Studies 23, pp.115-125, 1982
  4. 'The recovery of Hebrew', Times Literary Supplement, 17 June 1982
  5. 'The hypothetical conditional in Modern Hebrew', Proceedings of the Eighth World Congress of Jewish Studies, vol.4, pp.51-55, 1982. [In Hebrew]


  1. 'The reciprocal structure in Modern Hebrew', in Shlomo Kodesh (ed.) David Gross Anniversary Volume, Jerusalem, pp.196-213, 1983. [In Hebrew] 1985
  2. 'Modern linguistics as a tool in Torah study', HaMaayan 26:1, pp.43-47, 1985. [In Hebrew] 1987
  3. 'Hebrew', in Arthur A. Cohen and Paul Mendes-Flohr (eds.) Contemporary Jewish Religious Thought, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, pp.325-330, 1987
  4. 'Lexicographical method in the dictionaries of Avraham Even-Shoshan,' Mehkarim be-lashon 3-4, pp.167-175, 1987. [In Hebrew]
  5. 'Hebrew-Yiddish diglossia, type and stereotype: Implications of the language of Ganzfried's 'Kitzur', International Journal of the Sociology of Language 67, pp.39-55, 1987
  6. ' Link adverbials in Hebrew discourse', Am Vasefer 4, pp.68-79. 1987. [In Hebrew]


  1. 'Adverbial clauses and clauses as adverbials', in Yoel Arbeitman (ed.) Fucus: A Semitic/Afroasiatic Gathering in Remembrance of Albert Ehrman, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp.253-260, 1988
  2. 'On the description of Contemporary Hebrew', Proceedings of the Ninth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Panel Sessions: Hebrew and Aramaic Languages,Jerusalem, pp.93-99, 1988 [In Hebrew]
  3. 'Did pre-Revival Hebrew literature have its own langue? — Quotation and improvization in Mendele Mokher Sefarim', BSOAS 51:3, 1988, pp.413-427


  1. 'The Historical Dictionary of the Hebrew Language: A sociolinguistic evaluation', Biqoret u-Farshanut 25, pp.77-88, 1989. [In Hebrew]
  2. 'A note on the morphology of sequential counting forms: The case of Modern Hebrew', Journal of Semitic Studies, 34, pp.179-181, 1989
  3. 'Teaching in a time warp: The Hebrew Ulpan under Perestroyka', Soviet Jewish Affairs, 19:2, pp.41-45, 1989
  4. 'A unified framework for identity and similarity structures: Israeli Hebrew kmo', in Paul Wexler, A. Borg and S. Somekh (eds.) Studia Linguistica et Orientalia Memoriae Haim Blanc Dedicata, Otto Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden


  1. 'Yesh __ and yesh lo __ in Formal Contemporary Hebrew — Subject or Object?', Hebrew Computational Linguistics, 28-29-30, pp.207-212 . [In Hebrew]
  2. 'The syntax of Mendele's "Fishke der Krumer"', Oxforder Yiddish, 1, pp.77-90 . [in Yiddish]
  3. 'Cause and concession in Modern Yiddish', in Paul Wexler (ed.) Studies in Yiddish Linguistics, Max Niemayer Verlag Tübingen, pp.1-8
  4. 'The unknown grammar of Abraham Ibn Ezra: Syntactic features of Yesod Diqduq', in Abraham Ibn Ezra Y Su Tiempo, F. De Esteban (ed.)Madrid, 1989, pp. 129-36


  1. 'Language choice in Halakhic speech acts', in Robert L. Cooper & Bernard Spolsky (eds) Language, Society, and Thought: Essays in Honor of Joshua A. Fishman's 65th Birthday, Mouton de Gruyter, pp.161-186
  2. (With Y. Shilhav) 'Holy land, holy language: Language and territory in an Ultraorthodox Jewish ideology', Language in Society 20, pp. 59-86
  3. 'The back-to-the-future syndrome in Language Planning: The case of Modern Hebrew', in David F. Marshall (ed) Focus on Language Planning, John Benjamins, pp. 215-243
  4. 'Putting the meaning back into leyning: An expressionist approach to the Taamei Neginah,' Le'eyla, 32, pp. 16-18


  1. 'Two modal constructions in Modern Hebrew', Balshanut Ivrit 33-34-35, pp. 229-234 [in Hebrew]


  1. 'On the sources of Modern Colloquial Hebrew: David Yellin's primer Ivrit Le-fi Ha-taf', Leshonenu, 55, pp. 107-126. [in Hebrew]
  2. 'Hebrew toward the year 2000: from symbol to substance' in Alan Mintz (ed.) Hebrew in America: Perspectives and prospects, Wayne University Press, pp. 227-250
  3. 'The first conference for Modern Hebrew, or when is a congress not a congress?' in Joshua Fishman (ed.) The Earliest stage of language planning: The "first congress" phenomenon, Mouton De Gruyter, pp. 85-115
  4. 'Language as quasilect: Hebrew in contemporary Anglo-Jewry', in Lewis Glinert (ed) Hebrew in Ashkenaz: A language in exile, Oxford University Press, pp. 249-264


  1. 'Hebrew', Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, Pergamon Press, 1994
  2. 'Modern Hebrew lexicography: The last hundred years', Jewish Book Annual 52, pp. 37-58


  1. 'What has gone wrong with Israel's Right?', Shofar 13(4), pp. 83-85
  2. 'Inside the language planner's head: Tactical responses to a mass migration', Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 16(5), pp. 351-372


  1. 'Toward a sociology of Ashkenazi Hebrew', Jewish Social Studies 2(3), pp. 85-114
  2. 'At the seam of syntax and semantics: "as if" in Modern Hebrew' in M. Bar-Asher (ed.) Studies in Hebrew and Jewish Languages Presented to Shelomo Morag, Jerusalem: The Bialik Institute, pp. 15-32
  3. 'Product safety information and language policy in an advanced Third World economy: The case of Israel', Journal of Consumer Policy, 19(4), 411-438


  1. 'We never changed our language: Attitudes of British Hasidic educators to Yiddish', Osnabrücker Beitrage zur Sprachtheorie, 54, pp. 60-88 [in German]
  2. 'Scientific-technological discourse: The State of the Art', in J Rosenhouse, Y. Gitai & D. Porush (eds.), Future and Communication: The Role of Scientific and Technical Communication and Translation in Technology Development and Transfer, Bethesda, Md: International Scholars Publications, pp. 92-100
  3. 'And in his death they were not divided.' Midstream. January 1998


  1. 'Hebrew', Encyclopedia of European Languages, Oxford: Basil Blackwell
  2. 'Lexicographic function and the relation between supply and demand.' International Journal of Lexicography
  3. 'Side effect warnings in British medical package inserts: A discourse analytical approach', International Journal of Cognitive Ergonomics

In Press

  1. 'On the syntax of the quantifier in Mishnaic Hebrew', Leshonenu [in Hebrew]
  2. 'Israeli language policy toward recent Soviet immigrants: The demise of a state monolingualism', in E. Olshtein (ed) Immigration, Language Acquisition and Patterns of Social Integration, Jerusalem: Magnes
  3. 'Hazard Information for Industrial Chemicals: The Development of a Policy in Israel', Israel Journal of Occupational Health
  4. Animate and inanimate in the Israeli Hebrew partitive', in S Sharvit (ed), Festschrift in honor of M Z Kaddari, Bar Ilan University Press. [in Hebrew]
  5. 'Golem: The making of a modern myth.' Symposium

Radio Documentaries

  1. Tongue of Tongues, 50 minute documentary to mark the centenary of Spoken Hebrew, BBC Radio Three, November 9, 1989
  2. Golem! Fourty-five minute documentary, BBC Radio Three, December 1991

Last Updated: 6/13/14