A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
This book considers the interaction of morphological and phonological
determinants of linguistic form and the degree to which one determines the
other. It considers the operation of canonical forms, the invariant
syllabic shapes of morphemes and the defining characteristic of prosodic
morphology. Dr Downing presents an original theory which she tests on data
from a wide variety of languages. Her book will be of central interest to
scholars and advanced students of phonology and morphology, and of
linguistic theory more generally.