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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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The Structure and History of Yiddish

The Structure and History of Yiddish

2 The Structure and History of Yiddish
The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish

Dov-Ber Kerler

Oxford University Press

Yiddish was the proud language of the European Jewish communities and their offspring, which can be found scattered throughout the world. It has been observed that Yiddish is a mixture of various elements, both traditional and modern. There are what is termed stock languages, those that are the original form of the language. Determinants are those that have sprung out of the stock languages at any time in history; and finally, components are those that arise from the fusion of the influences of cultural and current events and the language advances through decades. The position of the Jews in the European region exposed them to different traditions and influences. These, with emerging forms of modern writing, have led to the alteration of the literature at various levels.

Keywords:   European, fusion, elements, modern, alteration

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