Robert Wheelock wrote:
> What book would you recommend for me to read about the
> various Jewish languages that use the Hebrew alphabet
> (Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Beberit, Judeo-Farsi,
> Judeo-Greek, Judeo-Tat, ... .)

I guess that that in that "..." I may include Italkian (or Judeo-Italian): a
southern Italian dialect used in the past as the culture language of Italian

> -that'll show me how the
> alphabet is used in each of those languages, with
> vocabulary examples?!

I don't know about books, but for Italkian I have a few links that may be of

<> contains an
interesting description of Italkian.

The site also contains a transliterated edition of "La ienti de Sion", a
poem in Italkian about the Diaspora: apart a handful of Hebrew terms, the
language appears to be perfectly intelligible for modern Italians. There
also is a picture of the text in Hebrew alphabet
enti_de_Sion-Original.html>), but the resolution is so low that it is
practically impossible to discover anything about the orthography.

A description of the Italkian orthography can be found in
ype=ortho&version=1&scale=six>. It appears that the orthography was quite
defective for the phonetics of an Italian dialect. E.g., in unpointed texts,
the letter Waw represented not less that six Italian sounds: /v/, /vv/, /w/,
/u/, /o/, /O/. The Latin based orthography (without optional diacritics)
represents the same sounds with four signs: "v", "vv", "u" (/w/ and /u/) and
"o" (/o/ and /O/).

The Rosetta Project website has similar information for 999 more languages,
including many of the Jewish languages you mentioned. See the list in