Ladino Lecture by Dr. Adriana Brodsky                                                     
On Sunday October 18 at 11:00, Dr. Adriana Brodsky of Saint Mary’s College of Maryland will present a lecture about Ladino. Dr. Brodsky's presentation will trace the origins of Ladino and will explore both its oral and written traditions.

Also known as Judeo-Spanish, Ladino is the spoken and written Hispanic language of Jews of Spanish origin. Ladino was originally just the language of a Spanish province and was not considered a Jewish language until the expulsion from Spain in 1492. After the Jews were expelled from Spain and Portugal, they continued to speak Ladino in the communities and countries to which they emigrated. As a result, the Ladino grammatical structure and vocabulary closely align with 14th and 15th century Spanish. However, as Jewish immigrants became immersed in their new communities their native language began to change and evolve. A large part of the Ladino language is linguistic traditions such as proverbs and sayings. In addition, music was an important part of the Ladino oral traditions.

Map of Judeo-Spanish emigration.

                     Map of Judeo - Spanish emigration


Dr. Brodsky received a Ph.D. in history at Duke University in 2004.  Her areas of expertise are Latin America/Argentina, Immigraion/Diaspora, Jewish History, Latin American history, Modern Jewish History, and Gender History.  She contributed to the award winning book, The New Jewish Argentina.