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Robert Abzug, Director CLA 2.402, 305 E 23rd St B3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-475-6178

Linguistic Change Under Contact: The Case of Ultra-Orthodox Yiddish in Israel

Thu, March 5, 2009 • 2:00 PM • Texas Union, Chicano Culture Room (4.206)

Contemporary Yiddish in Israel is a minority language spoken by a small and isolated Jewish ultra-orthodox (Hebrew: haredi) community, all of whose members are bilingual speakers of both Yiddish and the majority language, Israeli Hebrew. This community struggles to maintain Yiddish, perceived as pure and holy, as a spoken language despite the prevalence of Israeli Hebrew. In spite of the community's ideological objection to Israeli Hebrew, Haredi Yiddish is heavily influenced by Hebrew, and is

The importance of Israeli Yiddish to general Linguistics is in its preservation. While other minority languages are abandoned Yiddish is maintained. My talk will address some of the reasons for the difference between Yiddish and other minority languages

Sponsored by: Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies and Department of Middle Eastern Studies and Center for Middle Eastern Studies


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