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Chaya Nove will discuss what makes the Yiddish spoken by Hasidic Jews in the United States distinct.

Chaya Nove is a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Berkeley, with a PhD in linguistics from The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. Her dissertation analyzes variation and change in the vowel system of contemporary Hasidic Yiddish spoken in New York and examines the influence of contact with English on observed sound changes. Presently, Nove is working on a project to transcribe and prepare archival recordings of Holocaust survivor testimonies for linguistic analysis.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia and the Workers Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California