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From Immigrant to Ethnic Culture: American Yiddish in South Philadelphia
Rakhmiel Peltz (au). Provides a fresh look at ethnic culture in the contemporary U.S. through an ethnographic account of everyday life in the Jewish community of S. Phila. By embracing the language & traditions of their childhood, elderly Jewish residents, the children of immigrants, create a path for the transmission of immigrant culture. The work highlights the role of language in collective memory. The residentsí use of Yiddish & their warm attitude toward the language illuminate their changing & overlapping ident. with the neighborhood, their non-Jewish neighbors, Jewish traditions & religion, & their children & parents. Examines the cultural implications of the use of English in Yiddish speech, as well as the change in Yiddish sounds & verbal forms.
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