Handbook of Jewish Languages is an introduction to the many languages used by Jews throughout history, including Yiddish, Judezmo (Ladino) , and Jewish varieties of Amharic, Arabic, Aramaic, Berber, English, French, Georgian, Greek, Hungarian, Iranian, Italian, Latin American Spanish, Malayalam, Occitan (Provençal), Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Syriac, Turkic (Karaim and Krymchak), Turkish, and more. Chapters include historical and linguistic descriptions of each language, an overview of primary and secondary literature, and comprehensive bibliographies to aid further research. Many chapters also contain sample texts and images. This book is an unparalleled resource for anyone interested in Jewish languages, and will also be very useful for historical linguists, dialectologists, and scholars and students of minority or endangered languages. This paperback edition has been updated to include dozens of additional bibliographic references.
Lily Kahn, Ph.D. (2008), UCL, is Reader in Hebrew and Jewish Languages at that university. Publications include
The Verbal System in Late Enlightenment Hebrew (2009),
Colloquial Yiddish (2012), and
A Grammar of the Eastern European Hasidic Hebrew Tale (2015).
Aaron D. Rubin, Ph.D. (2004), Harvard University, is Malvin and Lea Bank Professor of Jewish Studies, Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Linguistics at Penn State University. Author of numerous books and articles, he was also an associate editor of
Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (2013).
Contributors are: Sarah Bunin Benor, Siam Bhayro, David Bunis, Habib Borjian, Joseph Chetrit, Evelyn Dean-Olmsted, Stephen Dörr, Reuven Enoch, Steven E. Fassberg, Ophira Gamliel, Brad Sabin Hill, Henryk Jankowski, George Jochnowitz, Lily Kahn, Geoffrey Khan, Marc Kiwitt, P. Joshua Klagsbrun Lebenswerd, Julia Krivoruchko, Laurent Mignon, Judith Rosenhouse, Aaron D. Rubin, Susana Skura, Adam Strich, Devon Strolovitch, Anbessa Teferra, and Anna Verschik.
All interested in the history or use of Jewish languages, or dialectology in general.