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Ashkenazim and Sephardim: A European Perspective


Edited By Andrzej Katny, Izabela Olszewska and Aleksandra Twardowska

This volume is devoted to selected aspects of the culture and language of the two largest Jewish Diaspora groups, Sephardim and Ashkenazim. The authors analyze the latest European research tendencies related to both Jewish factions. Questions concern the historical, social and cultural contact with non-Jewish environment, the problems of Jewish identity, the condition of languages in both groups (Yiddish, Judeo-Spanish, Hakitía), and Jewish anthroponymy. The reflections concern various areas of contemporary Germany, Poland, Russia, the Balkan countries, Italy, the countries of North Africa inhabited by both Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews. For the analyses, not only documents, manuscripts, press articles, and literary texts serve as a basis but also the artifacts of material culture.


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Zofia Abramowicz, a professor at the University of Bialystok, the Faculty of Philology, the Institute of East Slavonic Philology. She specializes in East Slavic linguistics and onomastics. Her research is interdisciplinary, sociolinguistic, cultural and linguistic and relates to various aspects of anthroponymy characteristic of borderland. Her major publications include: Imiona chrzestne białostoczan w aspekcie socjolingwistycznym (lata 1885–1985) [Christian Names of Bialystok Inhabitants in the Sociolinguistic Aspect] Białystok 1993; Słownik etymologiczny nazwisk Żydów białostockich [The Etymological Dictionary of Jewish Names in Bialystok]. Białystok 2003; Antroponimia Żydów białostockich [The Anthroponymy of Bialystok Jews]. Białystok 2010. e-mail: Rafael Arnold: Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Romanische Sprachwissenschaft an der Universi- tät Rostock (seit Oktober 2010). Studium der Romanischen Philologie und Jüdische Studien in Heidelberg. Studien- und Forschungsaufenthalte in Rom, Madrid und Venedig. Promotion an der Universität Heidelberg (2002). Bis 2010 Juniorprofessor an der Universität Paderborn. Publikationen: (2006): Spracharkaden. Die Sprache der sephardischen Juden in Italien im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert. Heidelberg 2006; Leon Modena: Jüdische Riten, Sitten und Gebräu- che. Herausgegeben, übersetzt und eingeleitet von Rafael Arnold. Wiesbaden 2007; Plurilin- guismo, Paronomasia ed Interstizi – L’uso linguistico degli ebrei a Venezia nel Seicento. In: Jütte, Robert (Hg.): Interstices – Interstizi. Culture ebraiche e christiane a Venezia. Roma 2010, 497-516. e-mail: Agnieszka August-Zarębska is an assistant professor in the Department of Romance Studies at the Univeristy of Wroclaw. An author of the book Poezja wobec...

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