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Jewish Languages

Start: Jul 26, 2016 12:00 AM
End: Jul 27, 2016 12:00 AM


Tuesday July 26th – Wednesday July 27th

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This conference aims to provide a platform for fruitful exchange on Jewish languages and linguistics by bringing together established scholars who have conducted pioneering work in the area with younger researchers who are contributing to this emerging field of enquiry. The conference will include contributions on key topics in Jewish languages, including morphology and syntax, lexicography, script, palaeography, writing and cultural identity.

The conference is funded by the European Association for Jewish Studies.


Tuesday July 26th

10:00             Welcome

Session 1: Jewish languages and sacred texts

10:15-11:00     Alinda DAMSMA (Leo Baeck College, London)

The Aramaic of the Zohar: The status quaestionis 

11:00-11:45     Henryk JANKOWSKI  (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)

The translation of the Tanakh into Crimean Karaim on the basis of a few manuscripts

11:45-12:00    Coffee break

Session 2: Cultural history of Jewish languages

12:00-12:45     Hilary POMEROY (UCL)

A cultural and social history of Ladino

12:45-14:15     Lunch break  (lunch is not provided)

Session 3: Jewish vernacular traditions

14:15-15:00     Rachid RIDOUANE (CNRS, Paris)

Jewish Berber: a linguistic sketch

15:00-15:45     Maria Maddalena COLASUONNO  (University of Naples 'L'Orientale')

Modern Judeo-Italian in the light of Italian dialectology and Jewish inter-linguistics

15:45-16:00     Tea break

Session 4: Contemporary Jewish languages

16:00-16:45    Helen BEER (UCL)

Mind the Gap! The schism between perceptions of the Yiddish language and Yiddish cultural realities

16:45-17:30     Joshua LEBENSWERD  (Stockholm University)

The Yiddish-Modern Hebrew interplay in the language of Swedish Jews

Wednesday July 27th

Session 5: Multilingualism and Judaeo-Arabic

10:00-10:45    Esther-Miriam WAGNER   (Woolf Institute and University of Cambridge)

Multilingual practise and identity in Judaeo-Arabic

10:45-11:30    Meira POLLIACK  (Tel-Aviv University)

Code switching in medieval Judaeo-Arabic texts and their writing systems

11:30-11:45     Coffee break

Session 6: Jewish languages in contact

11:45-12:30    Szonja KOMORÓCZY (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)

Between mother-tongue and argot: Yiddish in Hungarian in the early 20th century

12:30-14:00     Lunch break  (lunch is not provided)

Session 7: Literary production in Jewish languages

14:00-14:45    Andrea SCHATZ (King’s College London)

History in the Ashkenazic vernacular: The Yiddish Yosippon

Session 8: Jewish language typology

14:45-15:30    Frank ALVAREZ-PEREYRE (CNRS, Paris)

The Jewish languages and their typology: Issues and models

15:30-16:00     Concluding discussion

16:00            Tea 

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