Jewish Stereotype in the Samogitian Dialect Worldview

  • Asta Balčiūnienė Klaipeda University
  • Vaida Drukteinytė Klaipeda University
  • Laima Kuprienė Klaipeda University
  • Daiva Pagojienė Klaipeda University


In the early through to mid-20th century (before the Second World War), the Jewish population in Samogitian towns was quite abundant; they were generally business owners, and therefore there could have been various relationships between the rural Samogitian farmers and the urban Jews. The paper analyses the material of dialectal texts (recorded in the 1980s through to 2010s) from the ethnolinguistic perspective to find out how the Samogitian attitude towards Jews is reflected in the Samogitian linguistic worldview. The study focuses mainly on the methodology of the Lublin Ethnolinguistic School, in particular in terms of the view that language is directly related to culture, identity, and remembrance. The research revealed that the Jewish ethnic stereotype in the Samogitian linguistic worldview was quite positive, while especially negative evaluation was related to the context of religion.
How to Cite
BALČIŪNIENĖ, Asta et al. Jewish Stereotype in the Samogitian Dialect Worldview. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, [S.l.], v. 16, n. 2, p. 200–218, dec. 2022. ISSN 2228-0987. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 02 june 2023.
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