Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Leslie Turpin


This paper will examine the historic and linguistic roots of the development of the language of Ladino, also referred to as Judeo-Spanish. The paper explores the early Jewish community in medieval Spain and the development of a dialect of Spanish and Hebrew. The paper will also examine the results of the community’s expulsion from Spain in the 1490s and the consequential Diaspora. The paper analyzes the linguistic components of Ladino and the role of print media, both journalistic and creative, in its survival. The paper also discusses the resurgence in interest in Ladino since the Holocaust and its current uses via online Internet pages, in educational programs and in a variety of heritage and cultural interests.


Jewish Studies | Other Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature