Why did Ashkenazi Jews historically speak Yiddish?

Oct 2012
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If there's an estimate for number of Ashkenazi in 12th century, please cite.
I can`t, but that data would be relevant. Not some 550 years period.
Can you cite the real population growth of the Ashkenazi between 11th and 17th centuries.
 
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If there was a major migration of Turkic-speaking population into the Europe, why it is not mentioned in any chronicle? It wouldn't be an insignificant event unless the number of migrants was itself meagre.
 

M.S. Islam

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Jul 2012
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If there was a major migration of Turkic-speaking population into the Europe, why it is not mentioned in any chronicle? It wouldn't be an insignificant event unless the number of migrants was itself meagre.
Khazars were not a single ethnic group, the empire was polyethnic, and they spoke multiple languages. That's made tracking their movements extremely difficult.

Considering the proximity it's not unlikely that they had a Slavic language in their repertoire. They might started speaking a different language - Slavic one, and thus wouldn't be too noticeable linguistically.
 
Oct 2012
795
Khazars were not a single ethnic group, the empire was polyethnic, and they spoke multiple languages. That's made tracking their movements extremely difficult.

Considering the proximity it's not unlikely that they had a Slavic language in their repertoire. They might started speaking a different language - Slavic one, and thus wouldn't be too noticeable linguistically.
So, You answered your own question. What happened to the Khazar lanquage?
 

M.S. Islam

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Jul 2012
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So, You answered your own question. What happened to the Khazar lanquage?
That they became Yiddish speakers eventually was what I posited in the first post. What happened during the transition period is what's being explored.
 

AlpinLuke

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Oct 2011
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So, You answered your own question. What happened to the Khazar lanquage?
Among other things, asking around, I've got that Khazars spoke Ancient Gothic [or "Crimean Gothic"]. This would suggest an alternative for the Germanic origin of the Yiddish, but the reality is that a good 80% of the words in Yiddish are Medieval German as for etimology.

To wonder where did the Khazars go requires to consider the Medieval context. When the Lord of a land changed, local population simply followed the new chief almost in all. If the Khazars who converted to Judaism did that just because of political reasons ... may be they converted to the religion of the new invader as well.

If there are no evidences of mass migrations from East to West in that period, the hypothesis of a further mass conversion ["mass" ... are we sure that so many Khazars converted to Judaism?] is the most simple explanation for the "disappearance" of the Khazars.
 
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