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 presents an investigation of a number of areas of interest in the
study of language change, dealing in particular with questions of how
patterns of pronunciation vary across both time and space. Most of the
illustrative material is drawn from non-standard dialects of English,
especially the varieties spoken in Ireland (Hiberno-English). The
theoretical issues discussed include the following: what role do
articulatory and linguistic constraints play in determining the direction
of sound change? How do social and political pressures influence the
resolution of competition between conflicting local non-standard linguistic
norms? Besides addressing such general issues, the book also offers
insights into several specific areas in the history of English, both in its
standard and vernacular forms. It will thus be of interest to
English-language specialists as well as to historical linguists,
sociolinguists and phonologists.