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Origins of Yiddish Dialects

Alexander Beider


This books shows that it is worth speaking of Yiddish as a separate language only from the fifteenth century onward. Modern Eastern Yiddish (EY) and Western Yiddish (WY) do not have a common Jewish ancestor. WY is mainly related to the East Franconian dialect of German. It has a small Old French substratum. EY has a Bohemian German basis and has a small Old Czech substratum. During its development, it underwent the significant influence of the Silesian dialect of German spoken by German colonists in medieval Polish towns. The partial unity of EY and WY mainly relates to close links between the ... More

Keywords: Yiddish, Western Yiddish, Eastern Yiddish, history of Ashkenazic Jews, German dialects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198739319
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739319.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Beider, author
Independent scholar