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Yiddish (was: Diglossia)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 13, 2000, 21:59
nicole perrin wrote:

> Also, I take it from the above sentence > that Yiddish has different word order than German as well?
Yes, indeed. For example, Yiddish is not SOV in subordinate clauses: Es ist schwer, ein Jude zu sein. Es iz shver tzu zayn a Yid. It is hard to be a Jew. Indeed, it may be difficult to know whether a specific word or phrase is Yiddish or German (after performing simple transformations like "German front rounded vowels are unrounded in Yiddish" or "German /au/ = Standard Yiddish /oi/). But there is is rarely any doubt about whether a whole sentence is Yiddish or German, because of their distinctive syntaxes. -- There is / one art || John Cowan <jcowan@...> no more / no less || to do / all things || with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein