[Mendele] MENDELE PERSONAL NOTICES & ANNOUNCEMENTS--Solomon Birnbaum's Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar, 2nd edition

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
Sat Aug 27 21:47:35 EDT 2016


DATE: Aug. 27, 2016

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We are happy to announce the publication of the second, revised and
expanded edition of Solomon Birnbaum's classic Yiddish: a Survey and a
Grammar. The book was due out in 2015 but publication was delayed by
numerous printing errors. Here is the book's description from the
University of Toronto Press website (

Yiddish: a Survey and a Grammar
by S.A. Birnbaum
With new introductory essays by David and Eleazar Birnbaum, Kalman Weiser,
and Jean Baumgarten
University of Toronto Press, 2016, 544 pages

One of the great Yiddish scholars of the twentieth century, S.A. Birnbaum
(1891–1989) published Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar in 1979 towards the
end of a long and prolific career. Unlike other grammars and study guides
for English speakers, Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar fully describes the
Southern Yiddish dialect and pronunciation used today by most native
speakers, while also taking into account Northern Yiddish and Standard
Yiddish, associated with secularist and academic circles. The book also
includes specimens of Yiddish prose and poetic texts spanning eight
centuries, sampling Yiddish literature from the medieval to modern eras
across its vast European geographic expanse.

The second edition of Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar makes this classic
text available again to students, teachers, and Yiddish-speakers alike.
Featuring three new introductory essays by noted Yiddish scholars, a
corrected version of the text, and an expanded and updated bibliography,
this book is essential reading for any serious student of Yiddish and its

best regards,
Kalman Weiser
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