Teachers: Dr Ilil Baum, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, & Dr Carlos Yebra López, New York University
Class Level: Beginners
Class Schedule 2021-22: Tuesdays @ 10:00-11:00 UK Time; yearlong course (Michaelmas-Trinity Terms)
Class Description: The course will introduce the students to Judeo-Spanish (Ladino, Judezmo or Spanyolit), the language of Sephardic Jews, which is still spoken among some 100,000-250,000 Jews, mainly in Israel and Turkey. The students will acquire basic knowledge of the grammar, syntax, and lexicon of the language through reading (both in Hebrew and Latin scripts) and listening to selections from the rich culture of Sephardic Jews.
Reference Materials: Marie-Christine Varol-Bornes. Manual of Judeo-Spanish: language and culture. Bethesda, Md: University Press of Maryland, 2008. Other reading materials and videos for practicing the language will be supplied to the students during the year.