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David Simon Blondheim essay

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Identifier: MS-0352

Scope and Contents

This collection onsists of an essaty by Johns Hopkins University philologist, David S. Blondheim, titled "Eassai d'un Vocabulaire Comparatif des Parlers Romans des Juifs au Moyen Age." Blondheim dated his essay, 1922, and it was published with the same title as the second part of his distinguished work, Les Parlers Judeo-Romans et la Vetus latina (1925). The typescript pages number 289 and are bound as one volume. There are numerous holographic corrections and annotations by the author. The manuscript is written in French and describes the influence of Jewish speech on romance languages. In the volume is a list of similarities of Jewish words in Catalan, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Much of Blondheim's research was concerned with Jewish influences in the Romance languages, and this manuscript is an extension of an earlier article: "Contribution à la lexicologique française d'après les sources rabbiniques," published in Romania (V. 39, 1910, pp.119-183).


  • Creation: 1922


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Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

David Simon Blondheim was born in Baltimore, MD August 25, 1884. He received his education at The Johns Hopkins University where he received the AB degree in 1906 and the Ph.D. in 1910. Thereafter he left to study in France, first at the Sorbonne and later the College de France, the cole des Hautes-tudes, and the cole des Chartres. In 1926 he was awarded the Volney prize from the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres for his book Les Parlers Judeo- Romans et la Vetus latina (1925), the first American to receive the honor. He gained recognition as a French philologist and was regarded as the eminent specialist in his field in the United States.

David Blondheim started his academic career at the University of Illinois as a language instructor. In 1917, he returned to Hopkins as an associate professor. In 1924 he was promoted to full professor in the French Department, and a short time later he became a professor of Romance philology. David Blondheim specialized in medieval French and French linguistics and was particularly interested in the Jewish influences in Romance languages.

David Blondheim died in Baltimore, March 19, 1934.


0.167 Cubic Feet (1 volume)

Language of Materials



This collection onsists of a 1922 essay by Johns Hopkins University philologist David S. Blondheim, titled "Eassai d'un Vocabulaire Comparatif des Parlers Romans des Juifs au Moyen Age."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The volume which forms this collection was part of the University collections and was transferred to the Manuscripts Department in 1988.


The Accession Number is 1988-89.31.



The Sun, March 20 1934.

Louis Brandin, Romania, (1934) 60: 135-136.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Ernst Pijning in April 1993.

David Simon Blondheim essay
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Finding aid written in English

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