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Sunday, February 17 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Mensch, Bentsh, and Balagan: Language as Marker of Jewish Identity

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Jews of various stripes use subtle variation in language to signal their textual knowledge, denomination, ancestral origin, and orientation toward Israel. This talk describes the range of Jewish American English – from the addition of a few Yiddish words among Jews with weak connections to organized Jewish life to the “Yeshivish” of strictly Orthodox Jews, filled with Yiddish, Hebrew, and Aramaic words and Yiddish grammatical influences.

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Sarah Benor

Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies, Hebrew Union College
Sarah Bunin Benor is Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles) and Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Southern California Linguistics Department. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Linguistics in 2004. She is the author of Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism (Rutgers University Press, 2012... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Piscataway ballroom level