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The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish$
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Dov-Ber Kerler

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151661.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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16 Introduction
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The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish
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Dov-Ber Kerler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151661.003.0016

The writings that were analyzed in the earlier chapters were part of what is termed Easternization, and were altered at different levels from each other. Simkhes hanefesh was the least transformed to Eastern Yiddish forms. Kav Hayosher, in comparison, although one of the earlier works published, was said to be a little more altered, but still with some level of limit. The irony of things is that the Tsene rene was the earliest of the three works; however it was also the most extensively changed and modernized. This chapter examines the degrees of Easternization, and how it affects the final product. It is by examining from the most altered to the least altered form that a more accurate and precise scrutiny can be done.

Keywords:   Easternization, Simkhes hanefesh, Eastern Yiddish

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