Linguistic outcomes of a Hasidic renewal: The case of Skver

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This article examines the impact of affiliation to a Hasidic sect on the Yiddish dialect used by its members. Focus is on the community of Skver Hasidim, residing in New Square, New York, where historical circumstances caused a clash between two pronunciation systems. A corpus of Yiddish recordings is analyzed to track one vowel shift occurring in the speech of community members, testifying to their distinct identity within the Hasidic world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-146
Number of pages6
JournalLanguage and Communication
StatePublished - 1 May 2015

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  • Ashkenazi hebrew
  • Communal identity
  • Hasidic yiddish
  • Social dialectology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language


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