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“Eigentlich Teutsch?” Depictions of Yiddish and its Relations to German in Early Modern Christian Writings

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Discussing the unique phenomenon of Christian literature on Yiddish, written and published between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries in the German-speaking lands, the present article focuses on the depictions of the Jewish language in Christian works. It demonstrates the various ways in which the Christian authors described Yiddish via its relations to the German language—both in the linguistic dimension, which relates to the structure of the language, and in the functional dimension, relating to the social functions of Yiddish within German society—and discusses the social and cultural determinants that shaped the German-Christian perceptions of the language of the German Jews.

Affiliations: 1: Duke University


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