The SEYD Project
»Syntax of Eastern Yiddish Dialects« will examine which syntactic structures can be found in the questionnaires of the Language and Culture Archive of Ashkenazic Jewry. As a main aim the project wants to map the variation that can be found in this source of Yiddish dialects which did not attract notice for a long time. Analyses of selected phenomena (e.g. negative concord, particle verbs, word order, relative clauses) will follow. The project also holds a focus on the influence of the coterritorial languages and the relationship to Western Yiddish and older stages of Yiddish.
In cooperation with the Columbia University Libraries the project is associated with the chair of Yiddish culture, language, and literature at the Heinreich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. With a one year starting grant by the Fritz-Thyssen Stiftung, first results could have already been achieved. Since 11/2018 we are foundet by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Head of project: Lea Schäfer; student assistants: Marc Brode, Jana Katczynski, Florian Leuwer.