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.
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This book promotes the development of linguistic databases by describing a
number of successful database projects, focusing especially on
cross-linguistic and typological research. It has become increasingly clear
that ready access to knowledge about cross-linguistic variation is of great
value to many types of linguistic research. Such a systematic body of data
is essential in order to gain a proper understanding of what is truly
universal in language and what is determined by specific cultural settings.
Moreover, it is increasingly needed as a tool to systematically evaluate
contrasting theoretical claims. The book includes a chapter on general
problems of using databases to handle language data and chapters on a
number of individual projects.