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The language of thieves : my family's obsession with a secret code the Nazis tried to eliminate, Martin Puchner

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The language of thieves : my family's obsession with a secret code the Nazis tried to eliminate
Title
The language of thieves
Title remainder
my family's obsession with a secret code the Nazis tried to eliminate
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Martin Puchner
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Language
eng
Summary
"Tracking an underground language from one family's obsession to the outcasts who spoke it in order to survive. Centuries ago in middle Europe, a coded language appeared, scrawled in graffiti and spoken only by people who were "wiz" (in the know)--vagrants and refugees, merchants and thieves. This hybrid language was rich in expressions for police, jail, or experiencing trouble, such as "being in a pickle." And beginning with Martin Luther, German Protestants who disliked its speakers wanted to stamp it out. The Nazis hated it most of all. As a boy, Martin Puchner learned this secret language through his father and uncle. Only as an adult did he discover, through a poisonous 1930s tract on Jewish names, that his own grandfather, an historian and archivist, had been a committed Nazi who hated everything his sons and grandsons loved about "the language of thieves." Interweaving family memoir with scholarship and an adventurous foray into the politics of language, Puchner crafts an entirely original journey narrative. In a language born of migration and hybridity, he discovers a witty and resourceful spirit of tolerance that remains essential today"--
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contains biographical information
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1969-
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Puchner, Martin
Dewey number
437.009
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • German language
  • Cant
  • Thieves
  • Tramps
  • Language policy
  • Germany
  • Puchner, Martin
  • Puchner, Martin
  • College teachers
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / German
  • Cant
  • College teachers
  • Families
  • German language
  • Language and languages
  • Language policy
  • Thieves
  • Tramps
  • Germany
  • United States
Target audience
general
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The language of thieves : my family's obsession with a secret code the Nazis tried to eliminate, Martin Puchner
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [251]-259) and index
Contents
Introduction: Language Games -- Camouflage Names -- The Book of Vagrants -- A Picture Comes into View -- The Rotwelsch Inheritance -- The King of the Tramps -- The Farmer and the Judge -- An Attic in Prague -- When Jesus Spoke Rotwelsch -- Igpay Atinlay for Adults -- The Story of an Archivist -- Judgment at Hikels-Mokum -- Error-Spangled Banner -- Your Grandfather Would Have Been Proud of You -- Rotwelsch in America -- The Laughter of a Yenish Chief
Control code
on1137818284
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9781324005919
Lccn
2020015918
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The language of thieves : my family's obsession with a secret code the Nazis tried to eliminate, Martin Puchner
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [251]-259) and index
Contents
Introduction: Language Games -- Camouflage Names -- The Book of Vagrants -- A Picture Comes into View -- The Rotwelsch Inheritance -- The King of the Tramps -- The Farmer and the Judge -- An Attic in Prague -- When Jesus Spoke Rotwelsch -- Igpay Atinlay for Adults -- The Story of an Archivist -- Judgment at Hikels-Mokum -- Error-Spangled Banner -- Your Grandfather Would Have Been Proud of You -- Rotwelsch in America -- The Laughter of a Yenish Chief
Control code
on1137818284
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9781324005919
Lccn
2020015918
Other physical details
illustrations

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