The Judaeo-Spanish Languages. An expression of Identity and Openness.
Conference by Professor Paloma Díaz-Mas and writers Solly Levy and Angel Wagenstein
More than just tools of communication, languages are a wellspring of identity, connection and integration, and vehicles of the intangible cultural heritage.
Judaeo-Spanish is a group of Romance languages derived from Old Spanish. Originally spoken in the former territories of the Ottoman Empire, in parts of Western Europe and Morocco, it is alive in well over 30 countries. The core lexicon of Judaeo-Spanish languages includes elements from a number of the world’s tongues and has been forged by widely diverse influences harmoniously intertwined over time.
By bringing together personalities from different cultural and academic backgrounds, this international conference will provide fresh analysis, stories and presentations designed to enhance our understanding, appreciation of Judaeo-Spanish languages and the need to safeguard them as an irreplaceable component of humanity’s cultural diversity