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The Wall Street Journal Needs a Linguistics Lesson

Hundred percent, as the Orthodox say

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The Mystery of the Origins of Yiddish Will Never Be Solved

How an academic field—marked by petty fighting, misguided ideological debates, and personal proximity to tragedy—doomed itself

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Where Did Yiddish Come From?

An explosive debate erupts from footnotes suggesting that Ashkenazi Jews are Europeans

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Examining Edenics, the Theory That English (and Every Other Language) Came From Hebrew

An eccentric Jerusalem-based researcher believes he’s found the key to the origin of tongues—in the Bible

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The Napkin Artist

Remembering Yiddishist, linguistics scholar, Holocaust survivor, and painter Edward Stankiewicz, who died this year

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Slips of the Tongue

What the use of Yiddish phrases can tell us about contemporary American Jewry

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Tongue Tied

The romantic, bumpy road to learning a new language

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Chaos Theory

Giving lessons in Hebrew nuance to a bunch of suits from Hollywood