Animacy-Based Verbal Agreement in Israeli Haredi Yiddish

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The article presents the first evidence of the emergence of a new animacy-based verbal agreement pattern in Israeli Haredi Yiddish. A study of recordings from the years 2017-2020 reveals that plural verbal agreement is always maintained with animate plural nominal subjects, but it is usually lost with inanimate plural nominal subjects. It is suggested that this linguistic change may be supported by the sociolinguistic setting of Israeli Haredi Yiddish speakers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-223
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Jewish Languages
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022

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  • Hasidic Yiddish
  • Israeli Haredi Yiddish
  • Yiddish
  • agreement
  • animacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Linguistics and Language


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