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.
Conjugation classes, e.g. strong verbs with change of vowel versus weak
verbs with a t-suffix to express tense represent formal differentiations
without functional equivalent. Thus, at first glance, they appear to
complicate the language system. This study shows that conjugation classes
by no means must be necessarily downgraded in the history of Germanic
languages but rather maintained and reorganized. On the other hand it shows
that their change is not arbitrary but steered by principles, e.g. linked
functionally to grammatical categories such as tense.