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Yiddish and Slavic Contact
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Yiddish is the language used by Central and Eastern European Jews and now by their descendants, mostly bilingual, all over the world. The name established itself in the 16th–18th centuries. Yiddish is a three-component language (Germanic, Semitic, and Slavic); it is traditionally subdivided into the Western/German branch (practically extinct) and the Eastern branch with the central (Polish), the northern (Lithuanian), and the southern (Ukrainian) group of dialects. Yiddish has no standard, but …

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Kleiner, Yuri and Svetozarova, Natalia Dmitrievna, “Yiddish and Slavic Contact”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief Marc L. Greenberg. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032069>
First published online: 2020

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