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The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish / Edition 1
     

The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish / Edition 1

by Dov-Ber Kerler
 

ISBN-10: 0198151667

ISBN-13: 9780198151661

Pub. Date: 05/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This is the first systematic attempt to trace the beginnings of Modern Literary Yiddish, beginning in the eighteenth century. Kerler examines hitherto neglected Yiddish books from the period in order to analyze the linguistic changes manifest in both the transition and shift from old to nascent Modern Literary Yiddish within the broader context of genre and

Overview

This is the first systematic attempt to trace the beginnings of Modern Literary Yiddish, beginning in the eighteenth century. Kerler examines hitherto neglected Yiddish books from the period in order to analyze the linguistic changes manifest in both the transition and shift from old to nascent Modern Literary Yiddish within the broader context of genre and literary traditions and in the framework of Yiddish dialectology, grammar, and sociolinguistics. A major work of linguistic scholarship, The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish is an important contribution to the study of the crystallization process of literary languages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198151661
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Series:
Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1310L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
xii
List of Appendices
xiv
Abbreviations and Listing of Primary Sources xv
Introduction 1(1)
Objectives
1(3)
The Structure and History of Yiddish
4(13)
The Fusion Nature of Yiddish
5(5)
Historical and Socio-linguistic Factors
10(5)
Basic Premisses
15(2)
Yiddish as a Literary Language
17(4)
The Old Literary Language
17(1)
Literary and Spoken Yiddish
18(1)
The Historical Factors
19(2)
The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish: Concepts, Sources, and Strategies
21(8)
The Point of Departure
23(1)
Causation
23(1)
Literary Correlates
24(1)
Linguistic Aspects
24(3)
General Plan of the Book
27(2)
PART I: EASTERN YIDDISH IN THE OLD LITERARY LANGUAGE 29(7)
Preface
29(7)
Pre-eighteenth-century Yiddish books from Eastern Europe
29(1)
Traces of Eastern Yiddish in Old Yiddish Literature
30(2)
Eastern Yiddish Features in the Seventeenth Century
32(2)
The Seventeenth-century Commemorative Poems
34(2)
I TWO EARLY EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY EAST EUROPEAN TEXTS 36(19)
Two Books from the Early Eighteenth Century
36(4)
Derekh tomim (Zholkve, 1723)
36(1)
Derekh khayim (Zholkve, c.1723)
37(1)
Textual Sources
38(2)
The Language of Derekh tomim and Derekh khayim
40(15)
Phonology
40(1)
Lexicon
40(6)
Morphology
46(3)
Semantic Change
49(1)
Syntax
50(2)
Summary
52(3)
PART II: TRANSITION: EASTERNIZATION OF OLD LITERARY YIDDISH 55(2)
Preface
55(2)
2 THE LATE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY EASTERN RE-EDITIONS OF KAV HAYOSHER 57(43)
The Original Work and its Language
57(2)
The Early Western Editions
59(2)
Orthography
59(1)
Phonology
59(1)
Morphology
60(1)
Lexicon
61(1)
Syntax
61(1)
The Eastern Yiddish Re-editions
61(39)
Orthography
62(5)
Phonology
67(3)
Morphology
70(13)
Lexicon
83(2)
Morpho-syntax
85(8)
Syntax
93(7)
3 THE EASTERN REVISION OF TSENE RENE 100(16)
Introduction
100(2)
Linguistic Easternization of Tsene rene (Hanau, 1622; Amsterdam, 1726; Lemberg, 1786
102(14)
Orthography
102(1)
Phonology
103(1)
Morphology
104(3)
Lexicon
107(1)
Morpho-syntax
108(3)
Syntax
111(5)
4 THE EASTERN REPRINT OF SIMKHES HANEFESH 116(12)
Introduction
116(1)
The Language of Simkhes hanefesh
117(1)
Linguistic Easternization of Smikhes hanefesh (Shklov, 1796)
117(11)
Orthography
118(2)
Phonology
120(2)
Morphology
122(3)
Lexicon and Phraseology
125(1)
Morpho-syntax
126(1)
Syntax
127(1)
5 EASTERNIZATION: A COMPARATIVE OVERVIEW 128(13)
Introduction
128(1)
Orthography and Phonology
128(2)
Lexicon
130(1)
Morphology
131(1)
Morpho-syntax
132(1)
Syntax
133(2)
Archaic Features
135(1)
Schematic Comparison
136(1)
The Extent of Easternization and the Levels of Linguistic Change
137(4)
PART III: SHIFT: THE EMERGENCE OF NASCENT MODERN LITERARY YIDDISH 141(5)
Preface
141(5)
6 THE EARLIEST EASTERN YIDDISH WORK: BEN HAMEYLEKH VEHANOZIR (1771) 146(34)
The Two Eighteenth-Century Translations
146(1)
Reuven Halevi's Translation (Frankfurt am Main, 1769)
147(3)
Morphology
147(1)
Lexicon
148(1)
Syntax
149(1)
Ben hameylekh vehanozir Zholkve, 1771)
150(30)
Orthography
150(2)
Phonology
152(1)
Morphology and Morpho-syntax
153(24)
Summary
177(3)
7 THE FIRST ORIGINAL WORK IN MODERN EASTERN YIDDISH: MAYSE GDOYLE MIN UMAN UMIN UKRAYNE (c. 1783) 180(37)
Introduction
180(2)
The Two Versions
182(9)
The Western Version
182(1)
The Eastern Version
182(6)
The Two Versions
188(3)
The Language of the Western Version (Furth, 1783)
191(11)
Orthography
192(1)
Phonology
193(2)
Morphology
195(3)
Lexicon and Phraseology
198(3)
Syntax
201(1)
The Language of the Eastern Version [Novidvor, c.1783]
202(15)
Orthography
202(3)
Phonology
205(5)
Lexicon
210(3)
Morphology
213(4)
8 SHIFT: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS 217(36)
Introduction
217(1)
Eastern Yiddish Dialect Correlates
218(10)
The Southeastern Texts
219(3)
The Northeastern Texts
222(3)
Grammar
225(3)
The Emergence of Common Eastern Yiddish (Proto-Standard Yiddish)
228(25)
Plural Formation
228(1)
Diminutive Formation
229(2)
Abstract Noun Formation
231(1)
Pronominal Adjectives
232(1)
Possessive Pronouns
232(2)
The Case System
234(4)
Functional Words
238(1)
The Preterite
239(2)
The Future-Tense Auxiliary
241(1)
The Verbal Aspect
242(6)
Old versus Modern Forms and Categories
248(5)
9 SYNTHESIS 253(10)
The Eighteenth-Century Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish
253(2)
Periodization of Literary Yiddish
255(3)
From Early New Yiddish to the Early Modern Literary Language
256(2)
The Rise of Modern Literary Yiddish: Historical, Linguistic, and Socio-linguistic Perspectives
258(5)
Appendices 263(58)
Bibliography 321(20)
General Index 341(5)
Word Index 346

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