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Two-tiered Relexification in Yiddish: Jews, Sorbs, Khazars, and the Kiev-Polessian Dialect
     

Two-tiered Relexification in Yiddish: Jews, Sorbs, Khazars, and the Kiev-Polessian Dialect

by Paul Wexler
 

The book claims that Yiddish was created when Judaized Sorbs first relexified their language to High German between the 9th-12th centuries; by the 15th century, the descendants of the Judaized Khazars also relexified their Kiev-Polessian (northern Ukrainian and southern Belarusian) speech to Yiddish and German, Yiddish thus uses a mixed West-East Slavic grammar and

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The book claims that Yiddish was created when Judaized Sorbs first relexified their language to High German between the 9th-12th centuries; by the 15th century, the descendants of the Judaized Khazars also relexified their Kiev-Polessian (northern Ukrainian and southern Belarusian) speech to Yiddish and German, Yiddish thus uses a mixed West-East Slavic grammar and suggests that converted Khazars were a major component in the Ashkenazic ethnogenesis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110172584
Publisher:
De Gruyter
Publication date:
05/17/2002
Series:
Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] Series , #136
Edition description:
Reprint 2011
Pages:
724
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.56(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Paul Wexler is Professor at Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

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