Teacher: Dr Marilena Colasuonno, University of Naples
Class Level: Beginners
Class Schedule 2021-22: Wednesdays @ 18:30-19:30 UK Time; yearlong course (Michaelmas-Trinity Terms)
Class Description: This course will be offered over three terms. The first term’s course will provide an overview of the (socio-)linguistic issues related to Judeo-Italian along with a thorough description of the Judeo-Italian documentation. The second term’s course will be focused on reading a sample of literary Judeo-Italian texts attested mainly from 1200 to 1700, analysing the phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic hallmarks. The third term’s course will be based on the reading, analysis and translation of spoken Judeo-Italian texts dating from the 19th to 20th centuries. Throughout the course, special emphasis will be placed on the geographical variation among the varieties of Judeo-Italian in the light of Italian dialectology, as well as on similarities and differences among the Judeo-languages in the perspective of Jewish Interlinguistics.
-Jochnowitz, George. 2013. ‘Judeo-Italian, Hebrew Component In’. In EHLL Vol.2, edited by Geoffrey Khan, 409–10. Leiden-Boston: Brill.
-Rabin, Chaim. 1981. ‘What Constitutes a Jewish Language?’ IJSL 30: 19–28.
-Rubin, Aaron D. 2015. ‘Judeo-Italian’. In Handbook of Jewish Languages, edited by Lily Kahn and Aaron D. Rubin, 298–363. Leiden – Boston: Brill.