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The origins of modern literary Yiddish

The origins of modern literary Yiddish

Author: Dov-Ber Kerler
Publisher: New York : Clarendon Press, 1999.
Series: Oxford modern languages and literature monographs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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."--BOOK JACKET. "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  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kerler, Dov-Ber, 1958-
Origins of modern literary Yiddish.
New York : Clarendon Press, 1999
Online version:
Kerler, Dov-Ber, 1958-
Origins of modern literary Yiddish.
New York : Clarendon Press, 1999
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dov-Ber Kerler
ISBN: 0198151667 9780198151661
OCLC Number: 31709810
Language Note: English text with examples of Yiddish, and appendices in Yiddish.
Description: xiii, 347 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Objectives --
The Structure and History of Yiddish --
The Fusion Nature of Yiddish --
Historical and Socio-linguistic Factors --
Basic Premisses --
Yiddish as a Literary Language --
The Old Literary Language --
Literary and Spoken Yiddish --
The Historical Factors --
The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish: Concepts, Sources, and Strategies --
The Point of Departure --
Causation --
Literary Correlates --
Linguistic Aspects --
General Plan of the Book --
Eastern Yiddish in the Old Literary Language --
Pre-eighteenth-century Yiddish books from Eastern Europe --
Traces of Eastern Yiddish in Old Yiddish Literature --
Eastern Yiddish Features in the Seventeenth Century --
The Seventeenth-century Commemorative Poems --
Two Early Eighteenth-Century East European Texts --
Two Books from the Early Eighteenth Century --
Derekh tomim (Zholkve, 1723) --
Derekh khayim (Zholkve, c. 1723) --
Textual Sources --
The Language of Derekh tomim and Derekh khayim --
Phonology --
Lexicon --
Morphology --
Semantic Change --
Syntax --
Transition: Easternization of Old Literary Yiddish --
The Late Eighteenth-Century Eastern Re-Editions of Kav Hayosher --
The Original Work and its Language --
The Early Western Editions --
Orthography --
Phonology --
Morphology --
Lexicon --
Syntax --
The Eastern Yiddish Re-editions --
Orthography --
Phonology --
Morphology --
Lexicon --
Morpho-syntax --
Syntax --
The Eastern Revision of Tsene rene --
Linguistic Easternization of Tsene rene (Hanau, 1622; Amsterdam, 1726; Lemberg, 1786) --
Orthography --
Series Title: Oxford modern languages and literature monographs.
Responsibility: Dov-Ber Kerler.
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This title examines hitherto neglected Yiddish books from the late 18th century in order to analyse the linguistic changes manifest in both the transition and shift from Old to nascent Modern  Read more...


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