Publication of Complete Yiddish Dictionary Planned in New York
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Publication of Complete Yiddish Dictionary Planned in New York

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The organization of a committee here to compile and publish a complete dictionary of the Yiddish language was announced today. This dictionary is planned to include all Yiddish words of all countries and regions in which Jews spoke or still speak Yiddish from the earliest period to date. “The Complete Dictionary of the Yiddish Language” will be similar to the academic unabridged dictionaries of other languages. The aim is to gather in the wealth of the Yiddish language.

The editorial board of the dictionary at present consists of Judah A. Joffe, and Yudel Mark, noted Yiddish linguists. Nahum Stutchkoff, author of the “Thesaurus of the Yiddish Language,” is secretary. A group of prominent linguists will serve as consultants to the editorial board. The preparation of the dictionary will be made by several scores of contributors, consisting of Yiddish scholars and specialists in various fields. It is estimated that the work of compiling the dictionary will require a minimum of five to six years.

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