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Secret Languages, Hebrew in: Judeo-Spanish
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The tendency to use foreign words for secret expressions is well known in many languages. As in other Jewish languages, Hebrew has been the diglossic language of Judeo-Spanish in the Sephardic communities. The Hebrew component in Judeo-Spanish is quite large and its application for secret expressions is only part of its general use (Bunis 1993). Hebrew words and phrases have been used as secretive expressions for two purposes: (1) to avoid taboo terms in Judeo-Spanish; (2) to conceal special meanings from outsiders (Schwarzwald 1982; 1983).

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Schwarzwald, Ora (Rodrigue), “Secret Languages, Hebrew in: Judeo-Spanish”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000748>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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