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Heritage Hasidic Yiddish in Israel

13 October 2020, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

'Hasidic Yiddish' graphic

Public seminar from Dalit Assouline, University of Haifa

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Hasidic Yiddish at UCL

Location

NA
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT

Some Hasidic groups in Israel maintain Yiddish better than other groups. Yiddish is best maintained in Hasidic and semi-Hasidic groups that belong to the Edah Haredit, ideologically opposed to the use of Israeli Hebrew. Outside the insular Edah, Hebrew is widely used as a spoken medium in Hasidic communities, and some Yiddish speakers can be defined as “heritage speakers”: unbalanced bilinguals, who acquired Yiddish at home, but as they grow up, Hebrew becomes their dominant language. This talk will focus on Heritage Hasidic Yiddish in Israel, examining its sociolinguistic setting and some of its linguistic characteristics.

This event is part of an online seminar series on Contemporary Hasidic Yiddish language hosted by the Contemporary Hasidic Yiddish research group at University College London and the UCL Institute of Jewish Studies. The seminar series is dedicated to the memory of UCL Professor Ada Rapoport-Albert, a world-leading scholar of the history of the Hasidic movement. The series is devoted to the exploration of all facets of contemporary and historical Hasidic Yiddish worldwide.