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Kheir, Afifa Eve. 2019. The Matrix Language Turnover Hypothesis: The Case of the Druze Language in Israel. Journal of language contact 12 (2) : 479–512.
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This inquiry explores the language of the Druze community in Israel as going through the process of convergence and a composite Matrix Language formation, resulting in a split language, a.k.a. mixed language, based on Myers-Scotton’s Matrix Language turnover hypothesis (2002). Longitudinal data of Palestinian Arabic/Israeli Hebrew codeswitching from the Israeli Druze community collected in 2000 and 2017 indicate that there is a composite Matrix Language formation resulting in a split language.