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The Grammar Of The Yiddish Language Paperback – June 25, 1987

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Duckworth Publishing (June 25, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715621629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715621622
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,323,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin B. Cohen on June 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent reference text for anyone interested in the Yiddish language. Some strong points: (1) It's full of realistic example sentences, some favorites of mine being "dvora ken im nisht fartrogn in zi vet nisht geyn" 'Dvora can't stand him and she won't go,'"du bist b'mekhile an idyot" 'do forgive me for saying so, but you're an idiot,' and... well, there's a lot of them. (2) Discussion of dialect geography (3) Full paradigms (4) Explicit indication throughout the text of words that are pronounced differently than the standard spelling indicates (5) Very well-written discussion of many interesting issues in Yiddish usage and semantics.
One shortcoming of this book is that it was published at a time when it wasn't as easy to mix English and non-English fonts as it is now; apparently the publishers coped with this difficulty by printing its originals directly from a Mac, with the result that the typeface doesn't always read very easily. A solution to this would be to reprint it with modern composing and printing facilities. It's a good and very valuable book, and deserves this extra effort from the publisher.
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