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By Janet Watson, Jan Retso

ISBN-10: 0199575495

ISBN-13: 9780199575497

This quantity is the result of 2 workshops held on the college of Salford: Relative clauses and attribution in Semitic (April 18th 2007) and Genitive buildings in Semitic: Comparative and diachronic views (April seventh and eighth 2008).

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What is more distinctive is that Jews tend to switch their everyday language but still remain a distinctive group, which is a direct consequence of their conceptualization of Jewish identity. g. is Yiddish a dialect of German or a distinctive language in its own right? – and similarly for Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Spanish, Judeo-Greek, etc. , Arab, German, Hungarian, Macedonian or Ukrainian identity; that is, aside from idiosyncratic individual opinions, at no point in time has the question of whether a ‘Jewish version’ constitutes a distinctive language been decisive in terms of Jews’ self-categorization as Jews.

And similarly for Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Spanish, Judeo-Greek, etc. , Arab, German, Hungarian, Macedonian or Ukrainian identity; that is, aside from idiosyncratic individual opinions, at no point in time has the question of whether a ‘Jewish version’ constitutes a distinctive language been decisive in terms of Jews’ self-categorization as Jews. Jews have been Jews because of their ancestry and religious affiliation, regardless of their everyday language. Nevertheless, particularly in the last 120 years, many Jews have developed the idea that everyday language should be a supplementary part of Jewish identity, that Jews should speak distinctive ‘Jewish languages’ – although if they do not, they are no less Jewish.

Why have Western Europeans and Americans tended to categorize Jews as a religious group rather than an ancestral group? This has been motivated by factors in both the Christian and Jewish communities. On the Christian side, as I have noted earlier, there is a recognition that conversion to and from Judaism is possible but generally not an understanding that Jews conceptualize conversion in a way different from Christians. g. Black versus Caucasian versus Oriental, etc. , a low-born White American could keep a Black American as a slave or an English commoner could have a higher social status than a colonized Chinese in Hong Kong, a situation which could only come about in a situation in which people were categorized more according to their readily observable physical characteristics 22 Language in Jewish Society than the status of their immediate ancestors.

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