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The Thieves' Jargon: Yiddish and Jewish Criminality

in A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish: Christians and the Jewish Language in Early Modern Germany

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804781930
eISBN:
9780804782821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804781930.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

Yiddish was widely believed to be the “secret language” not only of Jewish merchants but also of Jewish criminals, beggars, paupers, and vagrants, a perception further reinforced by the linguistic ... More


The first curiosity-driven wordlists: Rotwelsch

John Considine

in Small Dictionaries and Curiosity: Lexicography and Fieldwork in Post-Medieval Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198785019
eISBN:
9780191827211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785019.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Lexicography, English Language

The first curiosity-driven wordlists of early modern Europe appeared in Switzerland in the fifteenth century. They developed from the documentation, for purposes of social control, of Rotwelsch, a ... More


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