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The Yiddish Imprint in Modern Hebrew Phonology: Tracing the regional Yiddish dialect(s) that founded Modern Hebrew phonology
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper argues that the native phonology of Modern Hebrew is derived from Yiddish phonology, specific of the regions from which the great majority of those involved in the Hebrew language revival emigrated, at the turn of the 20th century. This is evident from the striking similarities in their consonantal inventories, phonotactics and phonological rules. The regional Yiddish dialects that correspond best with Modern Hebrew phonology are situated in the mid-east speech territory, mainly the Ukraine and its surrounding areas. The study provides new data on Modern Hebrew voicing assimilation in sandhi, as well as new phonological parallels between Yiddish and Modern Hebrew.

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2012. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
Phonology, Modern Hebrew, Yiddish, Dialectology, Language Shift, Nativization
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-79564OAI: diva2:550065
2012-05-31, Stockholm, 10:48 (Swedish)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-09-10 Created: 2012-09-06 Last updated: 2014-05-26Bibliographically approved

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