Teacher: Dr Assaf Bar Moshe, Freie Universität Berlin
Class Level: Beginners & Advanced
Class Schedule 2021-22: Beginners class on Wednesdays @ 14:00-15:00 UK Time; Advanced class on Tuesdays @ 15:45-16:45 UK Time (13:15-14:15 UK Time in Hilary Term only); yearlong courses (Michaelmas-Trinity Terms)
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 addition to that, in the advanced class 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.
-Bar-Moshe, Assaf. 2019. The Arabic Dialect of the Jews of Baghdad: Phonology, Morphology, and Texts. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
-Mansour, Jacob. 1991. The Jewish Baghdadi Dialect. Or-Yehuda: The Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center.
-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)
-Yona, Gila. 2014. Lahag yehudei bavel: Milon ‘imrot wu-meshalim. Hod-Hasharon: Dfus Havazelet. (In Hebrew)