Teacher: Dr Assaf Bar Moshe, Freie Universität Berlin
Class Level: Beginners & Intermediate/Advanced
Class Schedule 2022-23: Beginners class Tuesdays from 14:00-15:00 UK Time, beginning during the week of 24 October 2022; Intermediate/Advanced class Wednesdays from 14:00-15:00 UK Time, beginning during the week of 10 October 2022
Class Length: Both 3-term class (Michaelmas Term 2022-Trinity Term 2023)
Class Description: The Jewish Arabic dialect of Baghdad was the native tongue of one of the oldest and biggest communities of the Jewish Diaspora. After a short introduction to the historical and linguistic setting of the dialect, we will dive into its sounds, vocabulary and grammar. Focusing on speaking and listening, at the end of the Beginners level you will be able to conduct and understand basic conversations. In the Intermediate/Advanced class, we will expand the inventory of our vocabulary and our knowledge of the dialect’s grammar. In addition to that, we will highlight the differences between the Jewish dialect of Baghdad and other Arabic dialects and explain the historical circumstances that led to their development.
-Avishur, Yitzhak. 2008-2010. A Dictionary of the New Judeo-Arabic Written and Spoken in Iraq (1600-2000). Tel-Aviv: Archaeological Center Publication. (In Hebrew)
-Mansour, Jacob. 1991. The Jewish Baghdadi Dialect. Or-Yehuda: The Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center.
-Yona, Gila. 2014. Lahag yehudei bavel: Milon ‘imrot wu-meshalim. Hod-Hasharon: Dfus Havazelet. (In Hebrew)