Languages

Ladino

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  • Language: Ladino
  • Alternate names: Judeo Spanish, Sefardi, Dzhudezmo, Judezmo, Spanyol, Haquetiya
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:lad
  • Language family: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Ibero-Romance, West Iberian, Castilian
  • Number of speakers: 110,000

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Introduction

Ladino is a Romance language with a vocabulary derived mainly from Old Castilian, Hebrew, Turkish and some French and Greek. Speakers are currently almost exclusively Sephardic Jews, for example, in (or from) Thessaloniki, Istanbul and Izmir.

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