Origins of Yiddish Dialects (Hardback)
  • Origins of Yiddish Dialects (Hardback)
zoom

Origins of Yiddish Dialects (Hardback)

(author)
£137.50
Hardback 648 Pages / Published: 29/10/2015
  • In stock online
  • Free UK delivery

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
This book traces the origins of modern varieties of Yiddish and presents evidence for the claim that, contrary to most accounts, Yiddish only developed into a separate language in the 15th century. Through a careful analysis of Yiddish phonology, morphology, orthography, and the Yiddish lexicon in all its varieties, Alexander Beider shows how what are commonly referred to as Eastern Yiddish and Western Yiddish have different ancestors. Specifically, he argues that the western branch is based on German dialects spoken in western Germany with some Old French influence, while the eastern branch has its origins in German dialects spoken in the modern-day Czech Republic with some Old Czech influence. The similarities between the two branches today are mainly a result of the close links between the underlying German dialects, and of the close contact between speakers. Following an introduction to the definition and classification of Yiddish and its dialects, chapters in the book investigate the German, Hebrew, Romance, and Slavic components of Yiddish, as well as the sound changes that have occurred in the various dialects. The book will be of interest to all those working in the areas of Yiddish and Jewish Studies in particular, and historical linguistics and history more generally.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198739319
Number of pages: 648
Weight: 1296 g
Dimensions: 249 x 183 x 41 mm

You may also be interested in...

Dent's Modern Tribes
Added to basket
£10.99   £7.99
Paperback
Swearing Is Good For You
Added to basket
Modern Toss: Tossary of Terms
Added to basket
How Language Began
Added to basket
Mythologies
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
A Gardener's Latin
Added to basket
An Unkindness of Ravens
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Hardback
The Wee Book a Glesca Banter
Added to basket
Confabulations
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback
Think Again
Added to basket
Making the Father of the Bride's Speech
Added to basket
Have You Eaten Grandma?
Added to basket
Through the Language Glass
Added to basket
The Etymologicon
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.