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Judeo-Spanish Language
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(Ladino, Sephardic Span.). The Sephardim (Judaism: II) are descendants of the Hispanic Jews who lived in largely autonomous and homogeneous communities in the Balkans, the eastern Mediterranean, and North Africa (V) from the late 14th century onward and especially after 1492. Their koine, which developed from about the late 16th century onward on the basis of late medieval Castilian and under influences stemming from Asturian, Leonese, Aragonese, Portuguese, and Catalan, bears various names: Judeo-Spanish/dǰudeo-espanyol; Spaniolish, sefar(a)dí, spanyoli…

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Münch, Almuth, “Judeo-Spanish Language”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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