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Foreign Language Study Yiddish


A Survey and a Grammar, Second Edition

by (author) S.A. Birnbaum

introduction by Eleazar Birnbaum, David Birnbaum, Kalman Weiser & Jean Baumgarten

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2016
Yiddish, Jewish Studies, Jewish, Dictionaries, Jewish
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One of the great Yiddish scholars of the twentieth century, S.A. Birnbaum (1891–1989) published Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar in 1979 towards the end of a long and prolific career. Unlike other grammars and study guides for English speakers, Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar fully describes the Southern Yiddish dialect and pronunciation used today by most native speakers, while also taking into account Northern Yiddish and Standard Yiddish, associated with secularist and academic circles. The book also includes specimens of Yiddish prose and poetic texts spanning eight centuries, sampling Yiddish literature from the medieval to modern eras across its vast European geographic expanse.

The second edition of Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar makes this classic text available again to students, teachers, and Yiddish-speakers alike. Featuring three new introductory essays by noted Yiddish scholars, a corrected version of the text, and an expanded and updated bibliography, this book is essential reading for any serious student of Yiddish and its culture.

About the authors

S.A. Birnbaum was a pioneer in the academic study of Yiddish. The first person to hold a teaching post in the study of Yiddish at any university in the world, he taught at the Universities of Hamburg and London.

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Eleazar Birnbaum is a professor emeritus in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto.

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David Birnbaum is the Director of the Nathan and Solomon Birnbaum Archives, Toronto.

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Kalman (Keith) Weiser is the Silber Family Professor of Modern Jewish Studies in the Centre for Jewish Studies at York University.

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Jean Baumgarten is Directeur de recherche at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Centre d’Études Juives, Paris, France.

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