Judeo-Berber
(1,289 words)

Scholars have long pondered the existence of a distinct Jewish language that might have been used by Jewish communities living in a Berber-speaking environment. Recent studies based on linguistic and ethnographic investigations in southern Morocco and the High Atlas Mountains show that Judeo-Berber dialects existed until the twentieth century in some rural and semirural communities in Morocco, whether or not parallel to Judeo-Arabic dialects, but that they never functioned as full Jewish languages. These Judeo-Berber dialects never produced Jewish traditio…

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Yossef Chetrit, “Judeo-Berber”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 24 October 2017
First published online: 2010
First print edition: ISBN: 978900417678, 3151



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