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The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish

Dov-Ber Kerler


This book is a 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 New High German and contemporary Western Yiddish. Books published in Eastern Europe, the new centre for Yiddish printi ... More

Keywords: literary Yiddish, German, Western Yiddish, Eastern Yiddish, Jewry, dialectology, grammar, sociolinguistics

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Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198151661
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151661.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dov-Ber Kerler, author
University of Warsaw

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Part I Eastern Yiddish in the Old Literary Language

1 Two Early Eighteenth-Century East European Texts

Part II Transition: Easternization of Old Literary Yiddish

2 The Late Eighteenth-Century Eastern Re-editions of Kav hayosher

3 The Eastern Revision of Tsene rene

4 The Eastern Reprint of Simkhes hanefesh

5 Easternization: A Comparative Overview

Part III Shift: The Emergence of Nascent Modern Literary Yiddish

6 The Earliest Eastern Yiddish Work: Ben Hameylekh vehanozir (1771)

7 The First Original Work in Modern Eastern Yiddish: Mayse gdoyle min Uman umin Ukrayne (c.1783)

8 Shift: A Comparative Analysis

9 Synthesis