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Language Revitalization: The case of Judeo-Spanish varieties in Macedonia

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Title: Language Revitalization: The case of Judeo-Spanish varieties in Macedonia
Authors: Zarghooni-Hoffmann, Esther
Issue Date: Feb 2016
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Zarghooni-Hoffmann, Esther. 2016. Language Revitalization: The case of Judeo-Spanish varieties in Macedonia. In Vera Ferreira and Peter Bouda (eds.). Language Documentation and Conservation in Europe. 80-92. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
Series/Report no.: LD&C Special Publication
Abstract: Judeo-Spanish is a secondary dialect of the Spanish language having evolved from the ancient standard Spanish in the course of its expansion southwards. Although the language enjoys a heritage and presence in the Balkans of over five centuries, it is now facing language death – its acuteness depending on the region. In Macedonia,1 the two varieties of Bitola and Skopje last documented by Kolonomos (1962) need to be labelled “moribund” or “nearly extinct”. This paper aims to point out some of the aspects relevant to the author’s doctoral research study, in which a documentation of the current language status of Judeo-Spanish in Macedonia is envisaged. The deliberations look at the reasons for language endangerment and at the same time evaluate possibilities and opportunities for language revitalization – what priorities are to be set, what role do linguists and especially the community play, what is the approach, what are skills, methods, and steps to be taken into consideration to ensure not only a documentation of the language, but also and foremost its conservation and revitalization.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
ISBN: 978-0-9856211-5-5
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections:LD&C Special Publication No. 9: Language Documentation and Conservation in Europe

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