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Babel in ZionJews, Nationalism, and Language Diversity in Palestine, 1920-1948$
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Liora R. Halperin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197488

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197488.001.0001

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Languages of Leisure in the Home, the Coffeehouse, and the Cinema

Languages of Leisure in the Home, the Coffeehouse, and the Cinema

(p.26) Chapter One Languages of Leisure in the Home, the Coffeehouse, and the Cinema
Babel in Zion

Liora R. Halperin

Yale University Press

This chapter addresses the mix of censure and license that users of other languages in Palestine had to confront around their practices in cafes, the cinema, and the home. These three sites of leisure-time language show an important tension surrounding the presumption that leisure was to take place in Hebrew, a language that needed exertion, rather than in languages that offer spaces away from the strictures and rhetoric of the Zionist movement. This chapter also concentrates mainly on Tel Aviv as an epicenter of encounter between an officially Hebrew Yishuv and people, products, or pressures coming from outside. The chapter shows that the dedication of the “informal state” and its language-policing efforts continued their complex relationship to the robust multilingual leisure sphere of the Yishuv and, eventually, the State of Israel.

Keywords:   coffeehouse, cinema, home, leisure-time language, Hebrew, Zionist movement, Tel Aviv, Hebrew Yishuv, State of Israel

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