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ERIC Number: EJ831950
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Never Say Never: The Case for Iraqi Judeo-Arabic
Isaacs, Talia
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v10 n4-5 p395-414 Jul 2006
In light of a growing body of research on language death, this paper examines the situation of Judeo-Arabic, an ethnolect of Jews from Arabic-speaking countries with various written and spoken forms. More specifically, the fate of the Iraqi variety of Judeo-Arabic is discussed, particularly in the context of Montreal, Canada. Educational initiatives are also proposed. Two parent-child Iraqi-Jewish dyads and one additional participant, all of whom either reside in Montreal or have resided in Montreal in the past, were interviewed to investigate the hypothesis that there has been a lack of transmission of Iraqi Judeo-Arabic from first- to second-generation Iraqi-Jewish Canadians, and that this can partially account for the precarious situation in which Iraqi Judeo-Arabic currently finds itself. Although in one case in particular a concerted effort was made by the parent to pass the language on to the child, all participants in the study expressed the belief that the language will likely not be transmitted to the succeeding generation, and that language death is both impending and inevitable. It seems that any hope of survival can only be the result of a concerted effort and unyielding commitment on the part of both individuals within the community, and of the community at large. Each individual in this study formed part of the rich mosaic of Iraqi Jewry in Canada in the present day and age. Each voice had its own personal story to tell in its own unique timbre with its own particular nuances.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Montreal); Iraq