Journal of Jewish Languages

The peer-reviewed Journal of Jewish Languages (JJL) constitutes a venue for academic research in the multifaceted field of Jewish Languages. Jewish languages are the languages spoken and written by Jews in their communities around the world. Among these are Yiddish, Judeo-Spanish, Judeo-Arabic, Jewish Aramaic, Judeo-Italian, Judeo-French,
Judeo-Provençal, Judeo-Persian, Jewish English, Jewish Malayalam and more. Although these belong to a variety of genealogical language families, Jewish languages have common linguistic features, thus constituting a distinct field of research.

The Journal of Jewish Languages encourages comparative studies across the different Jewish languages as well as in-depth linguistic and philological research of the individual languages and their varieties. The JJL promotes studies that focus on diverse aspects, such as the interactions of these languages with other languages (especially Hebrew, Aramaic, and the surrounding non-Jewish languages), sociolinguistics, translation traditions, and more. Articles in this journal focus on medieval, modern, and contemporary Jewish languages and are based on manuscripts, printed material, orally transmitted translations, field work recordings, online speech samples, and other sources. Research on Hebrew will be considered for publication in JJL only if it relates to other languages Jews have spoken or written. The JJL encourages diverse methodological and theoretical approaches from dialectology, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, historical linguistics, formal linguistics, philology, and other fields.

Ofra Tirosh-Becker, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (
Sarah Bunin Benor, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (

Book Review Editor:
Tsvi Sadan (Tsuguya Sasaki), Bar-Ilan University, Israel (

Editorial Board:
Marion Aptroot, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
Cyril Aslanov,The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Benjamin Hary, Emory University, USA
Hezi Mutzafi, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Aaron Rubin, Penn State University, USA
Ora R. Schwarzwald, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Norman Stillman, University of Oklahoma, USA

Advisory Board:
Moshe Bar-Asher, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Joshua Blau, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
David Bunis, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Joseph Chetrit, University of Haifa, Israel
Joshua Fishman, Yeshiva University, New York, NY, USA
Otto Jastrow, Tallinn University, Estonia
Geoffrey Khan, University of Cambridge, UK
Maria Modena, Università degli Studi of Milan, Italy
Bernard Spolsky, Bar-Ilan University, Israel