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 systematically applies the so-called principle of compositionality to
substantive composition and investigates whether this semantic principle can be
judged a sufficient basis for the understanding of unknown terms. The central
question concerns how far the meaning of a substantive composite with two
nominal elements can be ‘calculated’ from the meaning of its constituents.
Using various empirical studies, the author shows that the principle of
compositionality must be reformulated.