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Can a Language Have a Personality? On Anthropomorphizing Yiddish

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)

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.

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

7pm-8pm IDT

12pm-1pm EST

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