On 12/27/05, Markus Miekk-oja <[log in to unmask]> wrote: On 12/27/05, Steg Belsky <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
There is no such thing as "Yiddish letters" as distinct from Hebrew letters,
except perhaps really minor typographic differences.
Yes, I know. I apologize for the imprecision; what I meant was Hebrew letters which represent Yiddish (not Hebrew) words.
From what i've read it seems that the 'practical' meaning of the
letters predates the 'religious' meaning of them, and that they were
copied from similar German d4-based games which used similar words.
It's unclear when exactly Yiddish developed into a recognizably
separate language, but there's a long history of Jews writing their
vernacular in Hebrew letters. So even in Yiddish as such hadn't yet
developed, there was still a kind of Judeo-German being written on the
Ah, that makes sense. Thanks!
Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]>