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From Latin into Hebrew through the Romance Vernaculars: The Creation of an Interlanguage Written in Hebrew Characters

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Once upon a time, Romanists searched Arabic or Hebrew scientific manuscripts produced in Iberia or other Romance-speaking districts for Latin or vernacular glosses written in Arabic or Hebrew characters, in order to reconstruct the medieval pronunciation of those words. The Arabic and Hebrew transliterations at times provided information that the Latin spelling did not. But such glosses may also be studied for their own sake, as a testimony of the linguistic "ecosystem" of medieval Jews in Romance-speaking areas. This chapter follows the latter route and tries to reconstruct the sociolinguistic horizon of the Jewish scholars and translators who rendered scientific texts from Latin into Hebrew. The mediating role played by Occitan in the Latin-to-Hebrew translation process raises questions about the sociolinguistic status of Hebrew for medieval Jews. Doeg's translation act brought together not only languages, but also two specifications of medieval diglossia, the Christian and the Jewish.

Keywords: Doeg; Hebrew; Jews; Latin; medieval diglossia; Occitan; transliterations



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