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.
"Germany is the land of foreign word dictionaries," Peter von Polenz wrote in 1967,
commenting on the German tendency to use borrowed expressions. While much research
has focused on older and purist works, this investigation considers the foreign word
dictionary in its entirety from 1800-2007. It addresses not only the structural and
lexicographic diversity of this dictionary type, but also discusses relevant
historical factors as well as the individual authors' definitions of what borrowed
expressions are. A nuanced picture of foreign word dictionaries in Germany is thus