The morphology of Judaeo-Spanish

Aldina Quintana*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


This chapter is dedicated to the description of the inflectional morphology of Judaeo-Spanish, i.e., its form-class words (lexical categories) and structure-class words (functional categories). The morphology of Judaeo-Spanish preserves, with some changes, the characteristics of Ibero-Romance languages: several grammatical functions are expressed morphologically through nominal or verbal inflectional endings, especially person, tense, and number for verbs, and gender (masculine and feminine) and number (singular and plural) for nouns. In the verbal system, tense, person, number, and mood are generally distinguished by verbal suffixes. In recent generations, the paradigms of compound verbal forms composed of the auxiliary tener and the past participle have developed secondary, mostly aspectual, meanings.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationManual of Judaeo-Romance Linguistics and Philology
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages44
ISBN (Electronic)9783110302271
ISBN (Print)9783110302110
StatePublished - 24 Oct 2023

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.


  • Aspect
  • Gender
  • Hebrew
  • Inflection
  • Mood
  • Morphological integration of loans
  • Number
  • Periphrastic verb forms
  • Reflexes of Hebrew morphology
  • Tense
  • Turkish


Dive into the research topics of 'The morphology of Judaeo-Spanish'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this