The Pilot 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.
With a grant by the Fritz-Thyssen Stiftung, and 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.