Jewish-Languages Mailing List

April 2003

Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 17:13:07 -0500
From: Seth Jerchower <sethj @>
Subject: all for Papers, AJS Boston 2003 - Genizah Studies

A session on Cairo Genizah studies at the 2003 AJS Conference is currently
being organized. Proposals for papers on are now being accepted. Any topic
pertaining to original and/or current research dealing with the Cairo
Genizah will be considered. Special consideration may also be given to
proposals dealing with the "European Genizah" if the topic involves
original research within the field.

Those interested in participating are kindly asked to submit a brief
abstract no later than 9 April 2003. Please direct abstracts and/or
inquiries via email to Seth Jerchower at For
additional information on the conference and the call for papers, please
visit the AJS website at:

Seth Jerchower
Public Services Librarian
Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Library
University of Pennsylvania
420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tel: (215) 238-1290, ext. 203
Fax: (215) 238-1540
sethj @

Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 15:13:06 -0700
From: Sarah Bunin Benor <sbenor @>
Subject: Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (FWD)

Forwarded from the Linguistic Anthropology list.

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Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2003 09:18:24 -0800
From: Richard J Senghas <Richard.Senghas @>
To: Linganth List <linganth @>
Subject: ELDP - 2003 Initial Announcement

[FORWARDED: reply to "e.potts" <info @>; please do not
use reply function -RJS]

*** Apologies for any cross-posting ***

Endangered Languages Documentation Programme
Advance Notice: 2003 Call for Proposals

With the first round of the ELDP application process completed and offers of
grants made, we propose to move straight on the the second call for
Preliminary Applications. The purpose of this e-mail is to outline the
timetable and the key structural changes to the programme. It should be
noted that the timetable has been brought forward when compared with that of

2002 Outcomes
The ELDP received approximately 150 applications in response to its first
call for applications. About 40 of these were invited to submit detailed
applications, and although it was not possible to offer financial support to
all good proposals, the Fund was able to make formal offers of grants to 21
applicants: Studentships, Fellowships and Project grants. Details of the
offers, and subsequently details of those accepted, will be publicised on
the ELDP web page shortly (

2003 Timetable

16th May 2003 - Revised guidelines and forms available on the web page.

8th August 2003 - Deadline for submission of Preliminary Applications.

19th September 2003 - Invitations to submit Detailed Applications

14th November 2003 - Deadline for submission of Detailed Applications.

27th February 2004 - Announcement of Funding Awards.

The timetable will be repeated annually.

2003 Guidance
The new guidelines and application forms for the 2003 funding round will be
published on the website by Friday 26th May 2003. In the meantime, the 2002
guidelines may be used as a general guide. The five types of application
used in 2002 will remain, although additional guidelindes as to funding
limits will be provided.

The main aims of the Fund remain the documentation of seriously endangered
languages and the criteria remain (a) endangerment, (b) significance of the
language and (c) quality of proposal. The Fund's primary concern is with
documentation rather than focused revitalisation - although the link is
appreciated and sometimes desirable. As such prospective applicants should
structure the documentation in such a way as to assist local communities in
preserving and fostering highly endangered ancestral languages and speech

Whilst in essence the guidelines will remain broadly similar, there will be
a number of budgetary refinements. Key changes that you may wish to note
will be as follows:

- Overhead/ Institutional Administration costs will not be eligible.

- Top-up salaries for established/ employed academics will not be eligible
(this includes the funding of non-institutional funded summer vacation

- A limit of £2000 (pounds sterling) may be requested for publications.

- Major equipment costs (i.e. laptops, camcorders etc) will not be provided
for projects where the period of fieldwork is limited.

- Modest training activity for local communities (within the context of a
substantive project) will be eligible for support.

Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2003 03:32:01
From: Mihalevy @
Subject: Kein Thema

Estimados amigos,

eskapó el katalogo de la ekspozisyon

LADINO KERIDO MIO- Livros en lingua djudeo-espanyola estampados en el syeklo
XX (kon ca. 100 ilustrasyones).
Editura Doelling und Galitz, Hamburgo 2003, ISBN 3935549-54-7, EUR 10 (ca. 10

eskrito por Michael Halévy, Instituto de investigasyon sovre la istorya de
los djudios en Alemanya.

Pedidos: Kaza de editura Dölling und Galitz, Grosse Bergstraße 253, D-22767
Hamburg, email: DuGPresse @

Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 14:58:26 -0700
From: Sarah Bunin Benor <sbenor @>
Subject:AJS Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List (Week of April 20) (fwd)

Some pieces of interest from the Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies list:

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Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 16:16:27 -0400
From: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur @>
To: Caucus <aben-ur @>
Subject: AJS Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List (Week of April

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discuss List
Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur @>
Week of Sunday, April 20, 2003 (18 Nissan 5763; Pesah medianos/hol ha-mo¹ed

6.  New Publication in Ladino: ³A Language in Hell: The Use of Judeo-Spanish
in the Death Camps² (Santa Puche)

From: salsan <salsan @>
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 7:09 PM

Keridos amigos,

Vos kero anunsiar ke aparesio mi artikolo entitolado 'Una lingua en el
inferno: el uzo del djudeo-espanyol en los kampos de la muerte', en la
revista elektronika de la Universidad de Murcia.
Si alguno estash enteresados en meldarlo, su adreso es:

Solo devesh azer 'klick' en 'estudios' i lo podresh topar.

Shalom kon berahot,

Dr. SANTA PUCHE, Salvador
Tf: 968-792197
Fax: 968-752131

[edit: slight edit]

10.  Electronic book list of Judaica in Spanish and Portuguese (Wyman)

From: <Dan @>
Via: Rachel Simon <rsimon @ Princeton.EDU>
Date: Monday, April 7, 2003 8:43 AM
 Judaica in Spanish & Portuguese

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce the publication of our latest electronic book

Judaica in Spanish & Portuguese, with additional items in English and
Yiddish concerning Jewish life in Latin America (234 items).

This list is available online via our website,

Please let us know what is of interest.


Dan Wyman, Books
47 Dartmouth St. Springfield, MA 01109 USA ph: 413.846.6357 e-fax: 208.567.8926
 >>>  We Find Good Homes For Nice Jewish Books  <<<
11.  Inauguration of Sephardic Memorial Plaque at Auschwitz (Amado Bortnick)

From: Rabortnic2 @
Date: Monday, April 21, 2003 12:34 PM

I did send it to Dallas Jewish Week; I hope they will print it. The Dallas
Holocaust Center will also publish a slightly different version of it.
To see pictures, go to:

Rachel Amado Bortnick

Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2003 08:11:08 -0700
From: Sarah Bunin Benor <sbenor @>
Subject: words for peace

Here is a request for words for peace in specific Jewish languages. Please
send responses directly to the sender, Marco Cimarosti
<marco.cimarosti @>.

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Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2003 17:02:31 +0200
From: Marco Cimarosti <marco.cimarosti @>
Subject: How do you say "PEACE"?

Hello to everybody.

We are collecting the word for "peace" in as many languages as we could, as
a small sign of protest against the state of permanent war that the world is
running into. See our list here:

However, many languages are still missing. Among these, many Jewish
languages (historical or current), e.g.:

- Arabi (aka Judeo-Arabic);
- Bagitto (old dialect of the Leghorn=Livorno Jewish community, Italy);
- Bukharic (aka Judeo-Persian);
- Italkian (aka Judeo-Italian);
- ...

Thank you in advance.

Marco Cimarosti

Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 02:19:47 -0400
From:: Edward Weiss <sw @>
Subject: Toronto Lox

Hello, linguists and friends:

Several months ago, I posted an observation I made about some Jewish
speakers in the Toronto area pronouncing the word "lox" as /l^ks/ (or
something similar) instead of /laks/, which I believe to be the more common
pronunciation among the general public. The same was true for other
colloquial Ashkenazic words (e.g. "shabbos" = /sh^bIs/, "daven" = /d^vIn/).
All the while, though, the same speakers would pronounce English "locks" as

In the meantime, I've been thinking about how to best go about investigating
this, and I thought an mostly-informal online survey might provide some
initial insight. I've recently completed work on its design and I was
wondering if anyone would care to comment on the survey and/or the
phenomenon before I release it to the general public.

If you're interested, let me know, and I'll forward you the URL.


Ed Weiss
sw @