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Klepsch, Alfred

Westjiddisches Wörterbuch

Auf der Basis dialektologischer Erhebungen in Mittelfranken

[Dictionary of West Yiddish. On the basis of dialectological surveys in Central Franconia.]

    469,00 € / $657.00 / £426.50*

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    Publication Date:
    December 2011
    Copyright year:
    2004
    ISBN
    978-3-11-096212-3
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    Aims and Scope

    Until about 150 years ago, West Yiddish was the language used by Jews in Germany for their everyday affairs. It stood in close and intensive contact with the dialects of the Christian population. These dialects absorbed numerous loan-words from Yiddish, partly via the mediation of special languages like Rotwelsch ('thieves' Latin'). The dictionary is based on the responses of 108 informants and on written sources from the Bavarian region of Central Franconia. The references are studied for their etymology, semantics, morphology and phonology. Lexicological and word-geographical indications from all over the German-speaking territory are drawn upon to study their dissemination both in Yiddish and in various special languages.

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    Reviews

    "This is the work of an enthusiast who has done us the great service of salvaging the remains of these non-standard varieties of German."
    In: The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies 2006

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