A Grammar of the Eastern European Hasidic Hebrew Tale


A Grammar of the Eastern European Hasidic Hebrew Tale provides the first detailed linguistic analysis of the Hebrew narrative literature composed in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Eastern Europe by followers of the Hasidic spiritual movement. It presents a thorough description of Hasidic Hebrew orthography, morphology, syntax, and lexis illustrated with extensive examples. Attention is devoted to the relationship between Hasidic Hebrew and its biblical, rabbinic, and medieval antecedents; to its links with Aramaic, contemporaneous Maskilic Hebrew, and its authors’ native Yiddish; and to its contributions to Modern (Israeli) Hebrew. The grammar fills a major scholarly gap on the diachronic development of Hebrew and as such will be a key resource for anyone interested in the language’s history.
Open Access


Open Access
Biographical Note
Lily Kahn, PhD (2008), UCL, is Lecturer in Hebrew at that university. Her main research area is Hebrew in Eastern Europe. Previous publications include The Verbal System in Late Enlightenment Hebrew (2008) and Colloquial Yiddish (2012).

Review Quotes
The contribution of Kahn's book to our familiarity with Hasidic Hebrew is unquestionable [...] - Yael Reshef, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Anyone interested in the history and development of the Hebrew language from a synchronic and diachronic perspective, the origins of Modern (Israeli) Hebrew, Hebrew in Eastern Europe, and nineteenth-century Hasidic literature.