The role of merchants in the linguistic history of the Sephardic Jews

  • Laura Minervini UniversitĂ  di Napoli Federico II

Abstract

The article deals with the merchants’ contribution to the history of Sephardic Spanish (Ladino). It examines some samples of merchants letters (15th-18th c.) and surveys their general patterns, which were relatively stable through the centuries. Moreover, it sketches the role of the merchants as a social group first in the diffusion and normativization of the Sephardic vernacular, and later in its confrontation with Western European languages.

Published
2020-06-24
Section
CrOCEVIA