pieces of light

The language of the past

There has been a lot of work on the book recently, and so not much time for blogging. But I have been writing about my interviews with my grandmother, Martha, about her earliest memories. In this article for the Guardian, I describe how I took a different tack with my interviewing, and arranged for her to be interviewed in Yiddish.

This blog post for Psychology Today follows up the Guardian piece with some more detail on the science behind the switch of language.

I’ll be talking some more on this topic on Woman’s Hour on Friday 22 April.

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