The Ladino language, also known as Judezmo and Judeo-Spanish, was born in medieval Spain and matured in the Ottoman Empire and North Africa. So what's Jewish about it? The lecture will focus on its features unique to its Sephardic Jewish speakers, and on those shared with Yiddish and other Jewish languages.
David Bunis is a world-famous expert on Ladino and Jewish languages at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He will be spending the 2013-14 academic year at the UW as a Schusterman Visiting Israeli Professor of Israel Studies, a position supported by the Stroum Jewish Studies Program, the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE), the Samis Foundation, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies.
Lecture will be followed by a kosher reception.