Teacher: Dr Sandra Hajek, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Class Level: Advanced Beginners; as Judeo-French is Old French written in Hebrew characters, the students participating in the class should have at least basic knowledge of Old French
Class Schedule 2021-22: Thursdays @ 17:00-18:00 UK Time; one-term course (Hilary Term 2022)
Class Description: The term “Judeo-French” (fr. “judéo-français”) designates the Old French texts and words written by Jews in Medieval Northern France with use of the Hebrew alphabet. From the Early Old French period (from the 10th c. onwards), Old French glosses integrated in the Jewish scholars’ commentaries to the Tanach and the Talmud are extant, whereas in the Late Old French period (13th c. and early 14th c.), we find Hebrew-Old French glossaries of partially great length as well as Old French poetical texts for use in Jewish liturgy and – rarely – technical texts like an Old French medical tractate about fevers. The purpose of the course is to present the different types of Judeo-French texts in the context of Medieval Jewish life and culture in Northern France and with regard to the evidence they can provide for some (principally phonetic) phenomena in the historical development of the French language.