It may have been spoken for 1,000 years, but the origins of Yiddish – the language of Ashkenazic Jews – has been a bone of contention between linguists for years.
Now researchers say the DNA of Yiddish speakers may have originated from four ancient villages in north-eastern Turkey.
And they believe the Yiddish language was invented by Iranian and Ashkenazic Jews as they traded on the Silk Road, challenging the popular idea it is an old German dialect.
It’s clearly and obviously a closely related to Germanic language. That the people who spoke it or invented it carried non-Germanic DNA changes nothing of that. Singlish is spoken by people almost entirely unrelated to Anglo Saxon DNA. It’s still very closely related to English and thus at least partly Germanic at root.