Bryan Kirschen:Judeo-Spanish in Contact: Spanyol kon los muestros, español con los vuestros

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Venue:Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU


This talk explores the ways in which Sephardim in the United States have utilized their Spanish language, both among one another as well as in contact with non-Sephardic Latinos.

Throughout the United States, Sephardic and Latino populations have resided close to one another for just over a century. This geographic and linguistic proximity has allowed for a great deal of contact between their respective languages. Using data from New York City and Los Angeles, I demonstrate the various types of Spanish Sephardim implement based on their interlocutor. I review the ways in which Sephardim use Judeo-Spanish with one another and the ways they modify their language when interacting with non-Sephardic Latinos. While the differences between Sephardic Spanish (Spanyol) and Latin American Spanish (Español) are subtle, they reveal a number of intra-communal ideologies that I will discuss during this presentation.

Bryan Kirschen is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Linguistics Program at Binghamton University of the State University of New York (SUNY). In 2017, he was named one of The New York Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” for his work on Judeo-Spanish. Kirschen graduated with his PhD in 2015 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he specialized in Spanish, Judeo-Spanish and Sociolinguistics. His current research explores Judeo-Spanish in contact with other languages, particularly within the United States.

Free for FIU Students, JMOF-FIU Members, $5.00 non-members