Language has always been fascinating for me. My heritage is a mixture of Spanish and islander from Puerto Rico, along with Jewish folk from Belarus and Poland (DNA swabs will confirm my mother’s side of this coin in about a week – I can’t wait for the results!)…so for “J” I’ve chosen a language that some of my ancestors, and certainly the little monkeys might have spoken, Judeo-Spanish or Ladino.
As some of you history buffs or genealogy junkies might know, there is a long history of Jews in Spain, many of whom were forced to convert during the Spanish Inquisition. Many of them continued to practice their religion in secret, but in 1492 all remaining Jews were expelled from Spain. Much like the Ashkenazi Jews speak Yiddish, a combination of Hebrew and German, Sephardim (Jews with a background in Spain and the rest of the Iberian peninsula) spoke Judeo-Spanish (Ladino), primarily a mixture of Spanish and Hebrew.
I haven’t written much fiction, but one of the reasons I’d like to explore this particular language is because I’ve got a historical fiction story brewing in my head that involves this language and its origins. We’ll see if it ever makes its way to the page…I can tell you it certainly won’t be happening during this challenge though, as I’m just doing my best to keep up on the daily posts here. I hope you are all enjoying A to Z as much as I am 🙂
Perhaps NaNoWriMo awaits…
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