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By Cristina Fuentes-Cantillana The Associated Press

Spain helps keep alive archaic language of Sephardic Jews

MADRID — A language still spoken by the descendants of Jews expelled from Spain 500 years ago is getting a helping hand from the Spanish Royal Academy to keep it alive.

Ladino, a language taken abroad by Spanish Jews expelled from Spain in the late 15th century, uniquely preserves many elements of medieval Spanish, but some fear it is dying out.