Journal of Jewish Languages (JJL) constitutes a venue for academic research in the multifaceted field of Jewish Languages. Jewish languages are the languages spoken and written by Jews in their communities around the world. Among these are Yiddish, Judeo-Spanish, Judeo-Arabic, Jewish Aramaic, Judeo-Italian, Judeo-French, Judeo-Provençal, Judeo-Persian, Jewish English, Jewish Malayalam and more. Although these belong to a variety of genealogical language families, Jewish languages have common linguistic features, thus constituting a distinct field of research.
Journal of Jewish Languages encourages comparative studies across the different Jewish languages as well as in-depth linguistic and philological research of the individual languages and their varieties. The
JJL promotes studies that focus on diverse aspects, such as the interactions of these languages with other languages (especially Hebrew, Aramaic, and the surrounding non-Jewish languages), sociolinguistics, translation traditions, and more. Articles in this journal focus on medieval, modern, and contemporary Jewish languages and are based on manuscripts, printed material, orally transmitted translations, field work recordings, online speech samples, and other sources.
Research on Hebrew will be considered for publication in
JJL only if it relates to other languages Jews have spoken or written.
JJL encourages diverse methodological and theoretical approaches from dialectology, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, historical linguistics, formal linguistics, philology, and other fields.
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Editors Ofra Tirosh-Becker,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Sarah Bunin Benor,
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
Editorial Board Marion Aptroot,
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany Cyril Aslanov,
Aix-Marseille Université, France Benjamin Hary,
New York University, Tel Aviv, Israel Hezi Mutzafi,
Tel Aviv University, Israel Aaron Rubin,
Penn State University, Pennsylvania, USA Ora R. Schwarzwald,
Bar-Ilan University, Israel Norman Stillman,
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma, USA
Book Review Editor Dalit Assouline,
University of Haifa, Israel
Advisory Board Moshe Bar-Asher,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel David Bunis,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Joseph Chetrit,
University of Haifa, Israel Otto Jastrow,
Tallinn University, Estonia Geoffrey Khan,
University of Cambridge, UK Maria Modena,
Università degli Studi of Milan, Italy Bernard Spolsky,
Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Scholars from the following fields: Jewish languages; linguistics of specific language families (such as Semitic, Romance, Germanic, and Slavic); Jewish studies (especially literature, history and culture); translation studies; dialectology; comparative linguistics; sociolinguistics; general linguistics; historical linguistics; Hebrew studies; anthropology.
Ofra Tirosh-Becker, Ph.D. (2000), is an Associate Professor at the Department of Hebrew and the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the Director of the Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East, the Head of the Center of Jewish Languages and Literatures at the Hebrew University, an executive member of The Academy of the Hebrew Language, and a co-editor of the journal Massorot. Her research focuses on the contact between Hebrew and Arabic, Rabbinic Hebrew in Karaite writings, North-African Judeo-Arabic, Algerian Judeo-Arabic dialectology, and medieval and modern Judeo-Arabic translations of the Bible and of post-biblical literature.
Sarah Bunin Benor, Ph.D. (2004), is Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. While still in graduate school she founded, produced, and edited the Jewish Language Research Website and the Jewish Languages Mailing List, both of which serve as important platforms for the field of Jewish Languages. She has published dozens of articles on Jewish languages, sociolinguistics, and American Jews, including several in prestigious journals such as Language, Jewish Quarterly Review, Journal of Sociolinguistics, and Jewish Social Studies.