“Jewish Languages, Past and Present”
Penn State University
Monday, March 19, 2018
This presentation is devoted to the rich array of languages other than Hebrew that have been written and spoken by Jewish communities throughout history. Some Jewish languages have substantial written traditions in the Hebrew script, while others are or were primarily spoken varieties.
Jewish languages differ from their non-Jewish counterparts in both lexicon and grammar. The presentation will provide historical and sociolinguistic introductions to these fascinating language varieties and will survey some of their most characteristic features.
Free and open to the public