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Can a Language Have a Personality?
Detail of micrographic portrait of Yiddish writer Isaac Leib Peretz, rendered in the words of his poem “Monish,” by Joseph Trauber, 1945.

Can a Language Have a Personality?

On Anthropomorphizing Yiddish

Can a Language Have a Personality?

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7 pm

 

It is remarkable how often people have spoken about Yiddish as if it were a kind of person or that it had a personality—that is, attributing a human character to the language, irrespective of what is said or written in it. This talk will explore the range of personalities attributed to Yiddish and consider their implications for how the language has been valued.  

 

Jeffrey Shandler, Distin​guished Professor, Department of Jewish Studies, Rutgers University

When?

Wednesday May 12th 1 Sivan 07:00 - 08:00

Participant

Jeffrey Shandler

Where?

Online Zoom Event Map

For Who?

Everyone

Language

English

Price

Free

Detail of micrographic portrait of Yiddish writer Isaac Leib Peretz, rendered in the words of his poem “Monish,” by Joseph Trauber, 1945.