The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish

Hardcover | March 1, 1998

byDov-Ber Kerler

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This is the first systematic attempt to trace the beginnings of modern literary Yiddish, an issue of great significance in the linguistic, literary, and social history of the Yiddish language. The eighteenth century marked the turning point in the history of literary Yiddish, a period of rapid linguistic assimilation to German and Dutch in the West and, by sharp contrast, the increasing cultural autonomy of Eastern European Jewry. Books printed in the West reflected the impact of NewHigh German and contemporary Western Yiddish. Books published in Eastern Europe, the new centre for Yiddish printing, used Eastern Yiddish both for new works and for new editions of old Yiddish works. Dr Kerler examines hitherto neglected Yiddish books from the period in order to analyse thelinguistic changes manifest in both the transition and shift from old to nascent Modern Literary Yiddish within the broader context of genre and literary traditions and in the framework of Yiddish dialectology, grammar, and sociolinguistics. Many of the grammatical norms of nineteenth and earlytwentieth-century literary Yiddish are shown to have their origins in the eighteenth century. A major work of linguistic scholarship, The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish is an important contribution to the study of the crystallization process of literary languages, highlighting in the case of Yiddish the dynamics of emergence in the absence of the usual governmental support.

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This is the first systematic attempt to trace the beginnings of modern literary Yiddish, an issue of great significance in the linguistic, literary, and social history of the Yiddish language. The eighteenth century marked the turning point in the history of literary Yiddish, a period of rapid linguistic assimilation to German and Dut...

Dov-Ber Kerler is at Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies and Lincoln College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:364 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`theoretically sophisticated, elegantly written, and meticulously researched and documented study ... Kerler's citation practice serves all potential readers... The extensive bibliography ... demonstrates the astonishing breadth of Kerler's research for this project.'Jerold C.Frakes, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, April 2001