2nd Conference on Yiddish Language Structures

The international conference Yiddish Language Structures 2 will be held June 11–13, 2019 at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. The main focus will be on structural aspects of the Yiddish language system and includes both theoretical and empirical approaches.

2nd Conference on Yiddish Language Structures

The chair of Yiddish Culture, Language and Literature at the University of Düsseldorf (Lea Schäfer and Marion Aptroot) invites abstracts for the international conference Yiddish Language Structures 2 to be held June 11–13, 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The main focus will be on structural aspects of the Yiddish language system and includes both theoretical and empirical questions. The organizers intend to bring together specialists from the fields of Yiddish Linguistics and researchers in General Linguistics working with Yiddish in order to put Yiddish language structures into a broader linguistic context.

The conference follows the example of the workshop Yiddish Language Structures which was held held at the University of Regensburg in 2009. Likewise, we intend to publish a collection of peer reviewed articles based on a selection of conference papers. The workshop is also meant to be a forum for discussing the new project towards a
Syntax of Eastern Yiddish Dialects (SEYD) that aims to examine the grammatical structures that can be found in the field notes of the Language and Culture Archive of Ashkenazic Jewry.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to
  • – Phonetics, phonology, lexicology, morphology, and the syntax of Yiddish
  • – Yiddish in (micro-)typological contexts
  • – Yiddish dialectology

Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.
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Call for Papers

Abstract Specifications for Talks and Posters

Maximum length: 500 words or 1 single-spaced page. Abstracts must be anonymous; do not put your name or other identifying information on the abstract. The conference languages will be English, Yiddish and German.

Please submit your abstract via: EasyChair

Deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 1, 2019

Notification about the acceptance or rejection of submitted abstracts will be given by February 08, 2019.

Travel Grants

Three grants for travel and accommodation expenses for junior researchers (doctoral candidates or postdocs) are available. Please indicate in your abstract if you are in need of such a grant. The decision will be made on the principle "first come, first served".

Conference Fee

The conference fee is 30 Euro for regular participants. The conference fee for student participants is 10 Euro. Participants must pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.

The following scholars have accepted to deliver a keynote talk at the workshop:

Molly Diesing (Cornell University)

Molly Diesing is well known for her work on the syntax/semantics interface. The Yiddish language always plays an important role in it. Widely known are her papers on the Syntax of Aspect, Verb Second, and wh-dependencies in Yiddish. At YiLaS2 she'll give a keynote on her latest work.

Neil G. Jacobs (Ohio State University, Emeritus)

Neil Jacobs is an expert on Yiddish phonology, morphology, dialectology and language history, and has also worked in the areas of post-Yiddish Jewish ethnolects, and language use in Jewish cabaret.

Steffen Krogh (University of Aarhus)

Steffen Krogh’s work on Yiddish covers a large area. Among others, he published on Transcarpathian, (Haredi) Satmar Yiddish, as well as on German or Slavic influences on Yiddish. Krogh is focused on empirically based descriptions of Yiddish language structures.


coming March 2019


Conference venue

  • Address - Vortragsraum der Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek
    Gebäude 24.41 1. Stock, Universitätsstraße 1, 40225 Düsseldorf

  • get there - subways no. U73, U79, 704 to "Universität Ost/ Botanischer Garten", or
    busses no. 735, 835 to "Universität Mitte"


  • From the city center you can get to the university by public transport easily. Contact us if you need recommendations for hotels or hostels.


  • E-mail - yilas2conference(at)gmail.com

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