ERIC Number: ED213260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Judeo-Spanish Language Maintenance Efforts in the United States.
The aim of the paper is to ascertain the size and cultural vitality of the Sephardic component of the 50 Sephardic congregations and communities in the United States. Particular attention is focused on the extent to which Judeo-Spanish, the language of the Sephardim, continues to play a role within the group. The history of Sephardic expulsion and resettlement is traced. The maintenance and shift of Judeo-Spanish as reflected in four domains is explored. These domains are the periodical press, radio and TV broadcasting, religious services, and ethnic community schools. Data were collected from Sephardic synagogues, community organizations, and educational institutions throughout the country. Although language shift has reached an advanced stage in Sephardic communities throughout the United States, there are signs of a revived interest in the Sephardic heritage and culture. Despite this interest, no evidence of any well-conceived and well-organized community-wide programs of language maintenance was found. (JK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Language Shift; Spanish (Judeo)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (56th, New York, NY, December 27-30, 1981).