Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar, Second Edition

By S.A. Birnbaum
With new introductory essays by David Birnbaum and Eleazar Birnbaum, Kalman Weiser, and Jean Baumgarten

© 2016

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.

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The second edition of Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar makes this classic text available again to students, teachers, and Yiddish-speakers alike.

Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar, Second Edition

By S.A. Birnbaum
With new introductory essays by David Birnbaum and Eleazar Birnbaum, Kalman Weiser, and Jean Baumgarten

© 2016

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 544 pages
  • Illustrations: 2
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    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.


    Eleazar Birnbaum is a professor emeritus in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toront0.



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


    Kalman Weiser is the Silber Family Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at York University, Toronto.


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

    Preface to the New Edition

    Part A: Introductory Essays

    1. A Brief Account of Solomon Birnbaum’s Life and Some Personal Reminiscences (Eleazar and David Birnbaum)

    2. Yiddish: A Survey and A Grammar in Its Historical and Cultural Context (Kalman Weiser)

    3. Solomon A. Birnbaum: An Appreciation of a Lifetime of Scholarship on Yiddish (Jean Baumgarten)

    Part B: Solomon A. Birnbaum’s Yiddish, a Survey and a Grammar (1979)

    Errata

    Part C: Supplementary Bibliography (2014)

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