The CAL is a text base of the Aramaic texts in all dialects from the earliest (9th Century BCE) through the 13th Century CE, currently with a database of approximately 3 million lexically parsed words, and an associated set of electronic tools for analyzing and manipulating the data, whose ultimate goal is the creation of a complete lexicon of the language. IT IS A WORK IN PROGRESS, not a completed dictionary. Accordingly, any citations for scholarly purposes should include the date when the data was found.
This page features 20 languages spoken by Jews in diverse eras and locations around the Jewish Diaspora. Click on the description of a given language, and you will find information about its history, distinctive linguistic features, literature, and current status. For some languages, we also offer a dictionary of the language or of distinctively Jewish words used within the language.