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By Max Weinreich

Max Weinreich’s historical past of the Yiddish Language is a vintage of Yiddish scholarship and is the single complete scholarly account of the Yiddish language from its beginning to the current. A huge, definitive paintings, historical past of the Yiddish Language demonstrates the integrity of Yiddish as a language, its evolution from different languages, its distinctive houses, and its versatility and diversity in either spoken and written shape. initially released in 1973 in Yiddish by way of the YIVO Institute for Jewish examine and in part translated in 1980, it really is now being released in complete in English for the 1st time. as well as his textual content, Weinreich’s copious references and footnotes also are integrated during this two-volume set.

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O n e p ro o f for the affirm ative seems fully tenable. In the w ord yid, yidish western Y id d ish tod ay, ju st like eastern Y id d ish , has a /d/ at the end o f the w ord, u n der the tenden cy to voicclessness, pron ou n ced like [t], and also the tenth letter o f the alp h ab et is nam ed yud. But for ‘ ten’ the G erm an d ialect o f S w a b ia has jus, ju s; the G erm an d ialect o f Hesse has the sam e, spelled juss in the origin al (that is, the u is short), and also lammes (thirty) ( < lamed).

1 In the area o f d en tal consonants w e m ay say that a daleth w ith ou t a dagesh was read am on g the L oez-sp eakin g J ew s like the voiced th in the English w ord that and the letter law like the voiceless th in the E nglish w ord thank. T h is m eans that in the oldest period W h o le H ebrew at least had both interdental spirant phom em es, voiceless 0 and voiced d , am o n g the arrivals in L oter. W h eth er these phom em es also entered into A sh ken azic M erged H ebrew has yet to be investigated.

T h e Linguistic D eterm inants 38 3 T o the question o f w h y there are no rem ains o f the initial /z / in proper nam es b egin n in g w ith s, the answ er is ap p aren tly that the restan d ard iza­ tion on the prin ciple o f /s-/ has succeeded fu lly. 3). In parts the affricate for s, a , survives to date. F rom the Y id d ish o f G erm an y and w estern S lavo n ia w e know such form s as /ceider cid er cuke/ seder, siddur, sukah, and so on. From K a lis z w e have an attestation for /caixl/ (reason).

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