June 13, 2011

Distribution of References to Food in Arabic and Hebrew

Continuing our look at the distribution of language in the geoweb, the map below shows the pattern of references to the word food in Arabic and Hebrew. The locations marked in gray are places in which neither language had more references which usually meant both languages had zero. Locations in white are either indicative of water (e.g., the Black Sea) or are places without any placemark references.

The dominance of Hebrew in the Israel/Palestine area corresponds to some of our earlier findings. Continental Europe shows some interesting clusters with much of Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and parts of Germany contain more Arabic references, while Switzerland, Austria and parts of Germany have more references to food in Hebrew.

References to the word "food" in Arabic and Hebrew, Data from 2010
(Green=more references in Arabic; Red=more references in Hebrew)


  1. Your article about Hebrew language is really informative. I am beginner of learning Hebrew language . I have many useful resources , books, audio CD to learn language . I have taken course which is pimsleur conversational Hebrew method and i have achieved good command in Hebrew language.

  2. It’s possible some versions of these reports are in peer-review somewhere, but I don’t see any mention of it on their website. Mcdonald's Survey