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Soviet Yiddish: Language-Planning and Linguistic Development

Gennady Estraikh


This book studies Yiddish in the former Soviet Union. A chronicle of orthographic and other reforms from the state of the language in pre-Revolutionary Russia, through active language-planning in the 1920s and 1930s, repression, and subsequent developments up to the 1980s, is recreated from contemporary publications and archival materials. Later chapters draw on personal experience as a Yiddish writer and lexicographer in Moscow. At a time when the Bolshevik party's Jewish sections held an influential position, Yiddish attained a functional diversity without precedent in its history; but under ... More

Keywords: Yiddish, Soviet Union, orthographic reforms, pre-Revolutionary Russia, active language-planning, repression, contemporary publications, archival materials, author's experience, lexicographer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184799
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184799.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gennady Estraikh, author
Oxford Institute for Yiddish