UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities


VIRTUAL EVENT: A Journey through the World of Jewish Languages

10 November 2020, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm

A Journey through the World of Jewish Languages

Lily Kahn, Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Languages, UCL Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies, delivers her Inaugural Lecture: 'A Journey through the World of Jewish Languages'

This event is free.

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About the lecture:

This talk will introduce listeners to the rich variety of languages spoken and written by Jews over the past three thousand years. These include not only well-known languages like Hebrew and Yiddish, but also more surprising ones like Chinese, Esperanto, Malayalam, and Zulu, all of which have an intriguing Jewish story to be told. The talk will first consider the question of ‘what makes a language Jewish?’ It will then explore the special features of various Jewish languages and look at some of the fascinating and diverse texts produced in them.

Read on for a sneak preview into Lily's research and career: 60 seconds with... Lily Kahn

About the speaker:

Lily Kahn’s main research areas are Hebrew, Yiddish, and other Jewish languages, as well as minority languages more broadly. She is co-editor with Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi of the UCL Press series Grammars of World and Minority Languages and has recently published Jewish Languages from A to Z (co-authored with Aaron Rubin; Routledge, 2020). She is currently conducting an AHRC research project on contemporary Hasidic Yiddish (with Kriszta Eszter Szendrői, UCL Linguistics).

Inaugural Lecture Series 2020/21

This lecture is part of the 2020/21 series for UCL's Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance, and offers an insight into the strength and vitality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL.

All our lectures are free to attend and open to all. You don't have to be a UCL staff member or student to come along.

For information on other upcoming lectures please visit: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/arts-humanities/news-events/inaugural-lectures


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