History of the Yiddish Language

Volumes 1 and 2

Max Weinreich

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Max Weinreich’s History of the Yiddish Language is a classic of Yiddish scholarship and is the only comprehensive scholarly account of the Yiddish language from its origin to the present. A monumental, definitive work, History of the Yiddish Language demonstrates the integrity of Yiddish as a language, its evolution from other languages, its unique properties, and its versatility and range in both spoken and written form. Originally published in 1973 in Yiddish by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and partially translated in 1980, it is now being published in full in English for the first time. In addition to his text, Weinreich’s copious references and footnotes are also included in this two-volume set.

The late Max Weinreich was cofounder of the YIVO Institute in Vilna and one of the world’s most important scholars of the Yiddish language. He completed History of the Yiddish Language, his magnum opus, shortly before his death. His book Hitler’s Professors, 2nd Edition, is available in paperback from Yale University Press.

“Over the course of time Weinreich’s work has gained in significance and prestige as the greatest contribution to Yiddish linguistics and as a milestone in the study of the history of the Yiddish language and of Jewish culture.”—Edward Stankiewicz, Yale University

“Weinreich writes with charm, explaining every concept he uses, winning readers with a treasure of examples.”—Ruth R. Wisse, New York Post

"The two-volume encyclopedia is a stunning, magnificent, weightly work. . . . We are all the beneficiaries of this significant collaboration."—Canadian Jewish News

"Weinrich's great history seems to me undiminished in its urgency."—Harold Bloom, New York Review of Books

“It is highly doubtful that this study will ever be surpassed, and it is an essential tool for any serious study of East European Jewish religious culture. The richness of the notes makes this two-volume set a very desirable acquisition even for libraries that already have the older edition.”

--Religious Studies Review

"This is a book written by a linguistic genius, whose knowledge and achievements remain unchallanged."—Gennady Estraikh, Slavik Review

"The material is fascinating . . . . As I thumbed through each volume, I found myself enthralled repeatedly. . . . [Weinreich] discusses the relationship between language and society, and in this sense his book is an important general linguistic work." —JC, Jewish Currents

"Weinreich's History is an essential work, one that deserves to be widely distributed and closely read." —Zachary M. Baker, Association of Jewish Libraries
ISBN: 9780300108873
Publication Date: August 12, 2008
1752 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Hitler's Professors

Max Weinreich; With a new Foreword by Martin Gilbert

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