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Professor Devin Naar revives Ladino: a language on the brink of extinction

March 10, 2014

Professor Devin Naar is leading a project dedicated to keeping the Sephardic language and culture alive. Ladino was originally spoken by the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492. When they migrated elsewhere, especially to what was then the Ottoman Empire, the language became a rich mixture of antiquated Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish, Greek and other languages. As most Ladino-speaking Jews assimilated into other cultures or perished during the Holocaust, Ladino nearly died out. Discover the efforts of UW profesor Devin Naar to preserve Ladino, a language on the brink of extinction.

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