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Virtual Event: A Journey through the World of Jewish Languages
Tuesday 10 November 2020
12:30 - 13:30
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 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.
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).
This event will take place online via Zoom.