JUDAIC 517 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) II
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
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With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Course description and learning objectives:

This 3-credit course is open to students who completed Introduction to Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) in the fall semester, as well as to students who have completed one year of Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, or other Romance language. The course focuses on reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in Judeo-Spanish in its cultural context, and is based on two textbooks: Manual of Judeo-Spanish: Language and Culture (2008), by Marie-Christine Varol, and Beginner's Ladino (2018), by Alla Markova (both textbooks teach Ladino in Latin alphabet). In addition, the course explores different primary sources in literature and music as well as film, and include optional activities from Judezmo: an introduction to the language of the Sephardic Jews of the Ottoman Empire (1999), by David Bunis (a textbook that teaches Ladino in rashi script and is intended for a Hebrew-speaking audience).

About Judeo-Spanish:

Judeo-Spanish, also called Ladino, Judezmo, Spanyolit, and other names, is a Romance language written and spoken by Sephardic Jews (Jews of Spanish and Portuguese background). Judeo-Spanish originated in the Iberian Peninsula and was carried abroad after Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492 and Portugal in 1497. Judeo-Spanish is an archaic form of Castilian Spanish that contains elements of languages such as Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, Turkish, Greek, French, Portuguese, Bulgarian, and Italian. Written and spoken in areas such as Israel, the Balkans, North Africa, Greece, Turkey (and to a lesser extent also in the Americas), today Judeo-Spanish is in danger of extinction, although it is experiencing some kind of revival – and we are taking part in this revival by learning it here in Michigan! Judeo-Spanish is usually written in Hebrew script, but in the 21st century it is more commonly written with the Latin alphabet.


JUDAIC 517 - Topics in Judaic Studies
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001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: Tu and Th meet in-person and F meets asynchronously.
002 (REC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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