Soviet Yiddish: Language Planning and Linguistic Development (Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs)

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This first comprehensive study of Yiddish in the former Soviet Union chronicles orthographic and other reforms from the state of the language in pre-revolutionary Russia, through active language-planning in the 1920s and 1930s, repression, and subsequent developments up to the 1980s.

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Gennady Estraikh is Editor of Yiddish Publications at Oxford Institute for Yiddish.

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`The work is very solid, comprehensive, and magisterial. I cannot think of many questions about Soviet Yiddish that this book has not answered for me. Almost all the sources are either in Yiddish or Russian, and few linguists other than Estraikh - a former journalist in the Soviet Union,
with native fluency in both Yiddish and Russian - could have brought this off. My hat is off to him'
Language in Society, Vol.30, No.1

`I am impressed by the archival research that Gennady Estraikh put into his book and the care he has taken with his exposition. There is much here of interest and usefulness for sociolinguists of every variety'
Language in Society, Vol.30, No.1

`The differences in orthography and spelling strike the eye first, and Estraikh deals with these matters at length in Soviet Yiddish; but his richly detailed and thoroughly documented account of every aspect of Soviet Yiddish shows that the visual eccentricities were the tip of the iceberg,
and what a complex and absorbing a history there is here for the linguist, the sociolinguist, and the student of the politics of language'
Language in Society, Vol.30, No.1

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