last sunday evening (6th october), 6.45-7.15pm, on bbc radio 3
ladino (produced and presented by jessica marlowe) (in the between the ears series)
“Ladino is the language of the Sephardic Jews who were expelled from the Iberian Peninsula after 31 March 1492, during the Spanish Inquisition, by the Catholic Monarchs Isabel and Ferdinand.
The language has continued to be spoken as the lingua franca amongst the Sephardic Diaspora for over 500 years and is currently listed as endangered by UNESCO. The last generation of speakers to use Ladino at home are now mostly in their nineties.(more…)