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.
The terms ‘proximity’ and ‘distance’ signify conceptual characteristics of
orality and literacy. In that branch of linguistic research dealing with
linguistic variation, ‘proximity vs. distance’ is a central area of enquiry
along with fields such as dialectology, languages for specialist purposes
or text typology. The present volume examines commonalities and differences
along the topic areas of ‘proximity and diatopic variation,’ ‘proximity and
diachronic variation,’ ‘proximity and diaphasic variation’ and ‘proximity