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This is the first-ever study of Judeo-Urdu, that is, the Hindi/Urdu language written in Hebrew script. It provides background and an introduction to the Judeo-Urdu corpus, presents nearly two hundred entries from one text — a Hebrew-Judeo-Urdu glossary — and analyzes the orthography, phonology, and morphology of Judeo-Urdu. Comparison is made to standard Hindi and Urdu, from which Judeo-Urdu diverges in many interesting ways.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0613-0
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Nov 23,2016
Interior Color: Black with Color Inserts
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 146
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0613-0
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This book is the first-ever publication on Judeo-Urdu, that is, the Hindi/Urdu language written in Hebrew script. It provides background and an introduction to the Judeo-Urdu corpus, presents nearly two hundred entries from one text — a Hebrew-Judeo-Urdu glossary from the 19th century — and analyzes the orthography, phonology, and morphology of Judeo-Urdu. In the text commentary and grammatical analysis, comparison is made with standard Hindi and Urdu, from which Judeo-Urdu diverges in many interesting ways. This study will be of value to anyone interested in Jewish languages, as well as to those interested in Hindi and Urdu dialectology.

Aaron D. Rubin is Malvin and Lea Bank Professor of Jewish Studies, Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Linguistics at Penn State University. He is the author of numerous books and articles, and co-editor of the recent Handbook of Jewish Languages (Brill, 2016).

This book is the first-ever publication on Judeo-Urdu, that is, the Hindi/Urdu language written in Hebrew script. It provides background and an introduction to the Judeo-Urdu corpus, presents nearly two hundred entries from one text — a Hebrew-Judeo-Urdu glossary from the 19th century — and analyzes the orthography, phonology, and morphology of Judeo-Urdu. In the text commentary and grammatical analysis, comparison is made with standard Hindi and Urdu, from which Judeo-Urdu diverges in many interesting ways. This study will be of value to anyone interested in Jewish languages, as well as to those interested in Hindi and Urdu dialectology.

Aaron D. Rubin is Malvin and Lea Bank Professor of Jewish Studies, Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Linguistics at Penn State University. He is the author of numerous books and articles, and co-editor of the recent Handbook of Jewish Languages (Brill, 2016).

"Rubin’s analysis of the glossary makes for a handbook preparing the reader of Hindi and Urdu to begin engaging this Judeo-Urdu text—or, perhaps, a broader corpus of texts if and as more such texts become available—with an understanding of how Judeo-Urdu diverges from classical and colloquial Hindi and Urdu alike."

- Phillip I. Lieberman, JAOS, 2020, Vol. 140, Issue 1

"This book on Jewish language usage in India is a significant contribution to scholarship on Jews in India, a small niche in the much broader fields of South Asian Studies and Jewish Studies."

- Ophira Gamliel, Journal of Jewish Languages, 2019

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Aaron D. Rubin

Aaron D. Rubin is Malvin and Lea Bank Professor of Jewish Studies, Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Linguistics at Penn State University. He is the author of numerous books and articles, and co-editor of the recent Handbook of Jewish Languages (Brill, 2016).
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