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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 Bunin Benor

Vice Provost, Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Linguistics, WGF/DS 11
Sarah Bunin Benor is Vice Provost and Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles campus) and Adjunct Professor in the University of Southern California Linguistics Department. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford... Read More →

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