A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
Aramaic has been spoken uninterruptedly for more than 3000 years, yet a
generation from now most Aramaic dialects will be extinct. The study of the
Northeastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA) dialects has increased dramatically in the
past decade as linguists seek to record these dialects before the
disappearance of their last speakers. This work is a unique documentation
of the now extinct Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialect of Challa (modern-day
Çukurca, Turkey). It is based on recordings of the last native speaker of
the dialect, who passed away in 2007. In addition to a grammatical
description, it contains sample texts and a glossary of the dialect. Jewish
Challa belongs to the cluster of NENA dialects known as 'lishana deni' and
reference is made throughout to other dialects within this group.