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Modern Judeo-Provenšal as Known from Its Sole Textual Testimony: Harcanot et Barcanot (Critical Edition and Linguistic Analysis)
Abstract This study offers a linguistic description of the idiom of the Jews of the Comtat Venaissin ("Judeo-Provenšal") at the end of the 18th century, based on a critical edition of the only relevant document illustrating this language, a theatrical play in verse entitled Harcanot et Barcanot. The introduction provides a philological inventory of all known sources of "Judeo-Provenšal." The critical and variorum edition of the text, accompanied by linear glosses in English, is followed by a commentary comprising a glossary and analysis of all relevant linguistic features. It reveals, inter alia, that this language possessed words pertaining to the linguistic repertoire of French Jews since the Middle Ages; as for the phonetic features of the Jewish dialect of Provenšal, their etiology is to be found in the history of the communities. The study concludes with a reassessment of the nature of linguistic variation in the dialect of the Jews of Provence.
   
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Citation Nahon, P. (2021). Modern Judeo-Provenšal as Known from Its Sole Textual Testimony: Harcanot et Barcanot (Critical Edition and Linguistic Analysis). Journal of Jewish Languages, 9, 1-73.
   
Type Journal article (English)
Date of appearance 2021
Journal Journal of Jewish Languages
Volume 9
Pages 1-73
URL https://www.academia.edu/58609524/Modern_Judeo_Proven%C3%...