Friday, March 11, 2011

Hebrew at Sheffield language festival

Speaking up for Hebrew at language festival

By Jessica Elgot, March 10, 2011 (The Jewish Chronicle)

Hebrew will be a prominent part of the UK's biggest language festival, starting today at Sheffield University.

Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew script and modern Ivrit are on offer for 40-minute sessions as part of 150 languages and dialects from Esperanto to Braille.

Jasmine Woods will teach ancient Hebrew and Israeli Yael Benn, 37, a psychology researcher at the university, will teach modern Hebrew and script.

This is weird:
Despite the presence of many Arabic dialects, including Palestinian, Hebrew has been classified as a "European" language by the festival's organisers.
Yiddish will not be represented. No word on Aramaic.