Mosaic identity and style: Phonological variation among Reform American Jews

Levon, Erez (2006). Mosaic identity and style: Phonological variation among Reform American Jews. Journal of sociolinguistics, 10(2), pp. 181-204. Blackwell Publishing 10.1111/j.1360-6441.2006.00324.x

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Scholars of American Judaism have argued that American Jews are losing their sense of a distinctive Jewish identity, and the cultural practices concomitant with that identity. This general attrition has resulted in what many label the mosaic identity of American Jews, whereby multiple group affiliations exist in tandem and in conflict. Utilizing a reworked framework of language style (based on Bell 1984, 2001), I demonstrate how the claim that Jewishaffiliated practice is compartmentalized and relegated only to specifically Jewish contexts is supported through an examination of the variable pronunciation of word-final /t/. This paper illustrates the ways in which quantitative and qualitative analyses canwork together to create a more developed picture of Reform American Judaism.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS)

UniBE Contributor:

Levon, Erez

Subjects:

400 Language
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages

ISSN:

1360-6441

Publisher:

Blackwell Publishing

Language:

English

Submitter:

Erez Levon

Date Deposited:

11 Jun 2021 10:26

Last Modified:

11 Jun 2021 10:26

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/j.1360-6441.2006.00324.x

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.152331

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/152331

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