Jewish Languages from A to Z

Jewish Languages from A to Z

 
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ISBN13:9781138487307
ISBN10:1138487309
Binding:Paperback
No. of pages:246 pages
Size:234x158 mm
Weight:459 g
Language:English
Illustrations: 52 Illustrations, color; 9 Tables, black & white; 52 Halftones, color
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Jewish Languages from A to Z provides an engaging and enjoyable overview of the rich variety of languages spoken and written by Jews over the past three thousand years.



The book covers more than 50 different languages and language varieties. These include not only well-known Jewish languages like Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino, but also more exotic languages like Chinese, Esperanto, Malayalam, and Zulu, all of which have a fascinating Jewish story to be told. Each chapter presents the special features of the language variety in question, a discussion of the history of the associated Jewish community, and some examples of literature and other texts produced in it. The book thus takes readers on a stimulating voyage around the Jewish world, from ancient Babylonia to 21st-century New York, via such diverse locations as Tajikistan, South Africa, and the Caribbean. The chapters are accompanied by numerous full-colour photographs of the literary treasures produced by Jewish language-speaking communities, from ancient stone inscriptions to medieval illuminated manuscripts to contemporary novels and newspapers.


This comprehensive survey of Jewish languages is designed to be accessible to all readers with an interest in languages or history, regardless of their background?no prior knowledge of linguistics or Jewish history is assumed.



'Finally! A book for the general public about Jewish languages that's as informative as it is enjoyable... This book is a must-read for anyone interested in languages, Jewish history, or both.'



- Sarah Bunin Benor, Director of the Jewish Language Project and co-editor of the Journal of Jewish Languages



'At last a book on Jewish languages worldwide for curious readers beyond the academy! This book tells us all about not only Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and Jewish Persian, but Jewish Provençal and a dictionary in Yiddish of pidgin Zulu for Jews working in early 20th-century South Africa! A buffet in book form.'


- John H McWhorter, Professor of Linguistics, Columbia University




Jewish Languages from A to Z provides an engaging and enjoyable overview of the rich variety of languages spoken and written by Jews over the past three thousand years.

The book covers more than 50 different languages and language varieties. These include not only well-known Jewish languages like Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino, but also more exotic languages like Chinese, Esperanto, Malayalam, and Zulu, all of which have a fascinating Jewish story to be told. Each chapter presents the special features of the language variety in question, a discussion of the history of the associated Jewish community, and some examples of literature and other texts produced in it. The book thus takes readers on a stimulating voyage around the Jewish world, from ancient Babylonia to 21st-century New York, via such diverse locations as Tajikistan, South Africa, and the Caribbean. The chapters are accompanied by numerous full-colour photographs of the literary treasures produced by Jewish language-speaking communities, from ancient stone inscriptions to medieval illuminated manuscripts to contemporary novels and newspapers.

This comprehensive survey of Jewish languages is designed to be accessible to all readers with an interest in languages or history, regardless of their background?no prior knowledge of linguistics or Jewish history is assumed.

Table of Contents:

Contents


Acknowledgements


Introduction





  1. Amharic



  2. Arabic, Medieval



  3. Arabic, Modern



  4. Aramaic, Ancient and Medieval



  5. Aramaic, Modern



  6. Armenian



  7. Catalan



  8. Chinese



  9. English



  10. Esperanto



  11. French



  12. Georgian



  13. German



  14. Greek



  15. Hebrew, Inscriptional



  16. Hebrew, Biblical



  17. Hebrew, Rabbinic and Medieval



  18. Hebrew, Enlightenment



  19. Hebrew, Modern



  20. Hungarian



  21. Israeli Sign Language



  22. Italian



  23. Karaim (and Krymchak)



  24. Ladino (and Spanish)



  25. Latin



  26. Malay



  27. Malayalam



  28. Maltese



  29. Papiamentu (and Other Creoles)



  30. Persian



  31. Polish (and Czech)



  32. Portuguese



  33. Provençal



  34. Russian



  35. Tajik (Bukhari)



  36. Tat (Juhuri)



  37. Turkish (and Uzbek)



  38. Urdu (and Marathi)



  39. Yiddish, Old and Early Modern



  40. Yiddish, Modern Standard



  41. Yiddish, Modern Hasidic



  42. Zulu (Fanagalo)


Bibliography