LINGUIST List 16.1092

Thu Apr 07 2005

Books: Historical Ling/Lang Description, Yiddish: Jacobs

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Message 1: Yiddish: Jacobs

Date: 05-Apr-2005
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Yiddish: Jacobs

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Title: Yiddish
Subtitle: A Linguistic Introduction
Published: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Neil G. Jacobs
Hardback: ISBN: 052177215X Pages: 348 Price: U.S. $ 80.00
Hardback: ISBN: 052177215X Pages: 348 Price: U.K. £ 50.00

Yiddish, the language of Ashkenazic Jewry, arose some 900-1200 years ago as
a result of contact with indigenous varieties of medieval German. Over the
next few centuries, it grew to cover the second-largest language area in
Europe, with Yiddish-speaking colonies being created in North and South
America, Palestine/Israel, Australia and South Africa. It is estimated that
just before the Nazi genocide in World War II, there were between 11 and 13
million Yiddish speakers worldwide. This broad yet comprehensive
introduction provides an authoritative overview of all aspects of Yiddish
language and linguistics. As well as looking at key features of its syntax,
phonology and morphology, Neil Jacobs discusses its history, its
dialectology, and the sociolinguistic issues surrounding it. Presenting
linguistic data in a way that is compatible with general theoretical
issues, it will be welcomed by scholars of general linguistics, Germanic
linguistics, and Jewish Studies alike.

1. Introduction
2. History
3. Dialectology
4. Phonology
5. Morphology
6. Syntax
7. Sociolinguistics

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Language Description

Subject Language(s): Yiddish, Eastern (YDD)
                            Yiddish, Western (YIH)

Written In: English (ENG )

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