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Limmud Michigan 2020 - March 22, 2020
The Student Center at Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Sunday, March 22 • 1:05pm - 2:00pm
‘Bubbe’ or ‘Grandma’? ‘Singing’ or ‘SinGing’? Language and change in Jewish Greater Detroit

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Research on and portrayals of the language and linguistic practices of Jewish Americans tend to focus on large coastal cities like New York and Los Angeles. But what about our own backyard? For instance: Do local Jews have an accent? How does local language compare to that of New Yorkers? Is there any influence of Yiddish?
In this interactive session, we’ll share interview excerpts and research findings addressing these very questions from EMU’s ongoing Jewish Life and Language in Southeast Michigan project—including new evidence that local ways of speaking are changing among younger generations. We also want to hear from you about your own observations about language use in the community. Please join us!

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Eric Acton

Associate Professor, Eastern Michigan University
Eric is an associate professor of linguistics at EMU. With Verónica Grondona, he co-directs the Jewish Life and Language in Southeast Michigan project, a collaboration between EMU’s Center for Jewish Studies and Linguistics Program.

Sunday March 22, 2020 1:05pm - 2:00pm