:ייִדישקײט

In YIVO pronunciation, the ending 'keyt' (kuf-tsvey yudn-tet) rhymes with English 'late', but I've only heard it pronounced 'kayt' (YIVO standard) to rhyme with English 'light'.

Does any Yiddish dialect use the 'keyt' pronunciation?

David

Comments

The dialect distribution is basically like this:
[ey] in Southeastern Yiddish (Ukraine, Romania, etc.); [ay] in Central Yiddish (Polish), but that generally corresponds with [ey] elsewhere, so it basically agrees with the Southeast.

The outlier is the Northeast (Litvish), which unexpectedly has [ay].

The standard spelling rules stipulate קײט, regardless of how you say it ...

Thank you very much.

By the way, I heard a video in the last few days in which the speaker used the pronunciation keyt -- i.e., as spelled -- which is the first time I've heard it so pronounced.

David