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Yiddish: Biography of a Language

Jeffrey Shandler


This book provides an introduction to Yiddish, the foundational vernacular of Ashkenazi Jews, both as a subject of interest in its own right and for the distinctive issues that Yiddish raises for the study of languages generally, including language diaspora, language fusion, multilingualism, language ideologies, and postvernacularity. By approaching the study of Yiddish through the rubric of a biography, rather than following a more conventional chronological, geographical, or ideological approach, this book examines the story of Yiddish thematically. Each chapter addresses a different “biogra ... More

Keywords: Yiddish, Ashkenazi Jews, diaspora, multilingualism, language ideologies, vernacularity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190651961
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190651961.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Shandler, author
Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies, Rutgers University