Below, you can find an outline for the Table of Contents for the questionnaire, which was ordered by topic.
For further guidance on using the questionnaire, see Using the Questionnaire.
The full LCAAJ questionnaire consists of 3581 questions and subquestions divided across 247 pages. In fact, it consists of two separate parts. The first part, the longer Stabilized Master Questionnaire (SMQ), was administered to individuals from areas where Yiddish continued to function as a fully living language. It was also called the "Eastern" questionnaire, since the bulk of the informants came from the eastern parts of Europe. The SMQ is found on pages 1-221. The West Yiddish (WY) questionnaire was administered to informants where Yiddish survived largely in the form of various special dialect features and is found on pages 222-247.
Each questionnaire contains questions unique to the specific conditions each of the two regions, but a group of questions are asked in the same or nearly the same way in both questionnaires, so that comparisons could be drawn between the two regions.
Each question has a unique number. In the SMQ, these are six digits long, the first two representing the page of the questionnaire (including leading zeroes for one- and two-digit numbers) and next two the number of the question on that page (once again with leading zeroes, if necessary), and the final the number of any subquestion (with a "0" when it is not a subquestion). Thus, for example, "002010" indicates question 1 on page 2, and "002011" indicates subquestion 1 of question 1 on page 2.
In the WY questionnaire, the question numbers are nine digits long. This is because the linked questions found on particular pages in the WY had the same full question number as their counterparts in the SMQ. The first three digits represent the actual page number in WY. If the question does not have an equivalent in the SMQ, then the next three numbers repeat the page number, followed by the question number. If the question is in the SMQ as well, then the last six numbers represent the linked page, question and subquestion number in the SMQ. Thus, for example, "235235006" indicates question 6 on page 235, whereas 235113090 indicates question 113090 on page 235, with 113090 being the same as the number of the related question in the SMQ.
The columns in the questionnaire indicate, in order: (A) the questionnaire (SMAQ or WY) to which they belong, (B) the question number, (C) the question in Yiddish (or sometimes English, German, and Hebrew, depending on how the question was asked), (D) a transliteration of the Yiddish questions (courtesy of EYDES), when the question was asked in Yiddish, (E) the ethnographic table of contents section under which this question falls, (F) the numbers of linguistic topics covered, and (G) the numbers of related questions in the corresponding questionnaire (SMQ or WY).
Users can identify questions of potential interest in three ways:
The headings are listed in a column the Questionnaire Spreadsheet. The headings have been assigned to us as well, to the related questions in the West Yiddish questionnaire.
THE STABILIZED MASTER QUESTIONNAIRE (SMQ): A TOPICAL OUTLINE
Each section of the questionnaire was divided into topics, listed below.
דאָס שטעטל און דער אַרום (The Village and Environs) 001
גוף, מומים, אד״גל (The Body, Defects, etc.) 011
הלבשה, נייען, אד״גל (Dress, Sewing, etc.) 037
הױז, מעבל, אד״גל (House, Furniture, etc.) 055
ראַמען און װאַשן (Cleaning and Washing) 077
לאָמפּ (Lamp) 081
אױװן (Oven) 083
געװעקסן (Flora) 087
מאָלצײַטן, קיך (Meals, Kitchen) 103
זייגער, צאָלן (Clock, Numerals) 114
מאכלים (Foods) 120
בעלי-חײם (Animals) 139
קרובֿים און קינדער (Relatives and Children) 156
חתונה (Marriage) 175
טױט (Death) 179
שבת און װאָכנטעג: שול (Sabbath and Week; Synagogue) 185
יום-טובֿים (Festivals) 189
פּרנסות (Earning a Living) 202
װעטער (Weather) 215
די מענטשלעכע טבֿע (Human Nature) 218
בײגונג פון אַדיעקטיװ— פֿאַר מע״ייִ (Adjective Inflection—for Western Yiddish) 221
אַנקעטעס פֿאַר מערבֿ-ייִדיש THE WESTERN YIDDISH QUESTIONNAIRES
די מערבֿ-אַנקעטע (The Western Questionnaire (WQ) ) 222
דעד עטנאָגראַפֿישער צוגאָב (The Ethnographic Supplement (ES) ) 238