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Distinctive features in Jewish Swedish: A description and a survey
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Distinctive features in Jewish Swedish : A description and a survey (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis presents the contemporary speech used by Swedish Jews, and places it in the context of the most recent understandings in Jewish interlinguistics. Jewish Swedish derives most of its non-Swedish components from the main Jewish liturgical languages, Hebrew and Aramaic, in addition to the foremost ancestral language Yiddish. These components have provided Jewish Swedish with lexical, morpho-syntactic, phonological and semantic features, which distinguish it from Standard Swedish. The thesis, additionally, contains a survey, investigating the correlations between a number of socio-religious factors, and inter- communal variation in use of distinguishing features. The study reveals a great deal of variation between different age groups, social groups, religious groups, men and women, in terms of word knowledge and usage. This study will hopefully contribute to the field of contemporary Jewish linguistics, and the general understanding of speech used by minority communities.

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2013. , 115 p.
Keyword [en]
Jewish languages, Jewish interlinguistics, Swedish, Ethnolects, Distinctive repertoire, Yiddish, Hebrew, Survey.
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-90938OAI: diva2:628594
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-06-14 Created: 2013-06-14 Last updated: 2014-06-02Bibliographically approved

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