B.A. 1965, Bar-Ilan University
M.A. 1969, T.E.S.O.L. Cert. 1969, Ph.D. 1974, University of Pittsburgh
Areas of Research:
Sociolinguistics, language planning; second language acquisition and second language teaching methodology; Modern Hebrew.
Retired (2013) from:
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5V5
Department of Linguistics
University of Ottawa
204-3105 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K2H 5A6
Tel. (613) 744-0706, cel (613) 608-0136
The acceptance of the lexical work of the Hebrew Language Academy.
Hebrew Studies 15:50-52, 1974.
Curriculum for the instruction of Hebrew in Manitoba Public Schools. Grades 7-9.
Edited by M. Nahir. Winnipeg: Department of Education, Province of Manitoba, 1976.
Curriculum for the instruction of Hebrew in Manitoba Public Schools. Grade 10.
Edited by M. Nahir. Winnipeg: Department of Education, Province of Manitoba, 1977.
Language revival versus speech revival – a question of terminology.
Language Planning Newsletter 3.4:7, 1977.
The five aspects of language planning – a classification.
Language Problems and Language Planning 1:107-123, 1977.
Language planning functions in Modern Hebrew.
Language Problems and Language Planning 2:89-102, 1978.
Winnipeg: Department of Education, Province of Manitoba, 1978.
Normativism and educated speech in Modern Hebrew.
International Journal of the Sociology of Language 18:49-67, 1978.
reprinted in M. Nahir, ed., Hebrew teaching and applied linguistics, 355-382, 1981.
[review of] The revival of a classical tongue: Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and the Modern Hebrew language, by J. Fellman, 1973.
Language Problems and Language Planning 2:177-181, 1978.
A practical progression in second language teaching.
Canadian Modern Language Review 35:595-601, 1979.
revised reprint in Canadian Jewish Educator 1.2:19-24, 1983.
Teaching Hebrew as a second language: The state of the art.
Modern Language Journal 63:423-429, 1979.
Lexical modernization in Modern Hebrew and the extra-Academy contribution.
Word [special issue on National Language Planning and Treatment, ed. by R.E. Wood], 30:105-116, 1979.
Hebrew teaching and applied linguistics. Edited by M. Nahir.
Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1981.
second edition, Tel-Aviv: University Publishing Projects, 1989.
Sociocultural factors in the revival of Hebrew.
Language Problems and Language Planning 7:263-284, 1983.
Language planning goals: A classification.
Language Problems and Language Planning 8:294-327, 1984.
L'Aménagement de l'hébreu moderne.
J. Maurais, réd., Politique et l'aménagement linguistiques, 259-316. Québec: Conseil de la langue française / Paris: Collection L'ordre des mots, Le Robert, 1987.
Language planning and language acquisition: The 'Great Leap' in the Hebrew revival.
C.B. Paulston, ed., International handbook of bilingualism and bilingual education, 275-295. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1988.
giša holistit lehora'at halašon ha'ivrit [A holistic approach to the teaching of Hebrew].
I. Olshtayn et al., eds., ha'ivrit kexoax me'axed baxinux hayhudi batfutsot [Hebrew as a unifying force in Hebrew Education], 31-43. Tel-Aviv: mif'alim universitaiyim lehotsa'a la'or, 1989.
Teaching Hebrew: A practical guide. By W.M. Rivers & M. Nahir.
Tel-Aviv: University Publishing Projects, 1989.
Language planning goals in contemporary Hebrew.
H.C. Wolfart, ed., Linguistic studies presented to John L. Finlay, 91-112. Algonquian and Iroquoian Linguistics, Memoir 8, 1991.
[review of] Language in time of revolution, by B. Harshav, 1993.
Language in Society 25:307-311, 1996.
Micro Language planning and the revival of Hebrew: A schematic framework.
Language in Society 27:335-357, 1998.
Corpus Planning and Language Codification in the Hebrew Revival.
Joan Argenter, ed., Simposi Pompeu Fabra (The Pompeu Fabra Symposium), 279-294. Barcelona: Scientific Publications of the Institute for Catalan Studies, 2000.
Corpus Planning and Codification in the Hebrew Revival.
Language Problems and Language Planning 26.3: 271-298, 2002.
Language Planning Goals: A classification. (First published in 1984).
Republished in Christina B. Paulston & Richard Tucker, eds., Sociolinguistics: The Essential Readings, pp 423-448. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003.
Micro-corpus codification in the Hebrew Revival.
Digithum: Revista digital d'humanitats
(http://www.uoc.edu/humfil/articles/eng/nahir0303/nahir0303.html). May 2003.
The Hebrew Language Revival and Translation.
An interview with Moshe Nahir. Interview by Albert Branchadell, Universitat Autonòma
de Barcelona. Quaderns: Revista de Traducció (Barcelona) 9: 157-168, 2003.
Invited Lectures / Conference Presentations
The effectiveness of the Hebrew Language Academy.
Association of Professors of Hebrew, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1974.
Language planning functions – a typology.
Foreign Language Association of Red River, Winnipeg, 1976.
Educated speech in Modern Hebrew.
Mid-America Linguistics Conference, Minneapolis, 1976.
A practical approach to teaching Hebrew as a second language.
Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, 1976.
Normative versus educated speech in Modern Hebrew.
Linguistic Society of America, Honolulu, 1977.
Three stages in second language acquisition and the teaching of Hebrew.
Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, 1977.
Language planning in Modern Hebrew – a diachronic view.
Linguistic Society of America, Chicago, 1977.
Sociocultural factors in the revival of Hebrew.
Northeastern Anthropological Association, Québec, 1978.
Extra-Academy lexical modernization in Modern Hebrew.
Ninth World Conference of Sociology, Uppsala, Sweden, 1978.
Language planning functions: A synchronic classification.
Linguistics Colloquium, University of Manitoba, 1979.
European Linguistic Society, Budapest, 1980.
Linguistic attitude and linguistic model in speech revival.
Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics, Montréal, 1980.
The parameters of language planning [keynote lecture].
International Conference on Language Problems and Language Policy, Cancun, Mexico, 1981.
Normativism in Modern Hebrew.
Linguistics Forum, Haifa University, Haifa, 1982.
Language planning: Goals and processes. [plenary lecture]
Forum, Israel Association for Applied Linguistics, Jerusalem, 1982.
The role of the dialogue in language instruction [plenary lecture].
Conference on the Teaching of Hebrew Language and Literature, National Association of Professors of Hebrew, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1983.
The 'Great Leap' in the Hebrew revival – a case of language planning and acquisition.
Seventh World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Brussels, Belgium, 1984.
A holistic approach to the teaching of Hebrew [keynote lecture].
International Workshop on the Teaching of Hebrew,
Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, 1986.
Language status and language planning in the Hebrew revival.
Linguistics Colloquium, University of Manitoba, 1989.
Language Revival – Hebrew as a model.
Linguistics Colloquium, University of Manitoba, 1997.
Language Codification in the Revival of Hebrew. [plenary lecture]
Pompeu Fabra Symposium, Institute of Catalan Studies, Barcelona, 1998.
Micro Language Planning: The Case of the Hebrew Revival.
Linguistics Colloquium, University of Manitoba, 1998.
Language Codification in the Hebrew Revival.
Linguistics Colloquium, University of Manitoba, 1999.
Corpus Planning in the Revival of Hebrew.
The Open University of Catalonya, Barcelona, 2002.
The Revival of Hebrew: A Schematic Model.
University of Barcelona, Barcelona, 2002.
Issues in the Revival of Hebrew and the Role of Translation.
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, 2002.