The Origins of Yiddish—A Response to Philologos, Part Fir

Sep 5, 2014 by

[Many thanks to Merlin Dorfman for bringing the Philologos’ essay to my attention and to Martin W. Lewis for his helpful comments and corrections to this post! I am also grateful to Olaf Koeneman, George Walkden, Stephane Goyette,...

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The Origins of Yiddish—A Response to Philologos, Part Dray

Aug 26, 2014 by

[NOTE TO READERS: This post is part 3 of a mini-series on the origins of Yiddish. The concluding part 4 will be published after a short summer break, in the week after Labor Day.] [Many thanks to Merlin Dorfman for bringing the...

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The Origins of Yiddish—A Response to Philologos, Part Tsvey

Aug 23, 2014 by

[Many thanks to Merlin Dorfman for bringing the Philologos’ essay to my attention and to Martin W. Lewis for his helpful comments and corrections to this post! I am also grateful to Olaf Koeneman and George Walkden for their...

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The Origins of Yiddish—A Response to Philologos, Part 1

Aug 20, 2014 by

[Many thanks to Merlin Dorfman for bringing the Philologos’ essay to my attention and to Martin W. Lewis for his helpful comments and corrections to this post!] The Jewish Daily Forward has recently published a four-part essay by...

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(Serbo-)Croatian: A Tale of Two Languages—Or Three? Or Four?

Aug 18, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in July 2013] On July 1, 2013, Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union, 20 years after it won its independence in the bloody wars that ravaged the Balkans in the 1990s. The EU ascension...

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“Oh, rather!”

Apr 23, 2012 by

The topic of differences between British and American English has already come up several times in this blog. These differences concern pronunciation (“tomejdo”-”tomahto”), word choice (truck vs. lorry), and...

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