Dialects, Romani Language

Dialects, Romani Language
   At the time of the Gypsies' arrival in Europe there were perhaps two main dialects of the Romani language (Romani and Sinti), but since then different clans have developed separate features that may have been present in the speech of some speakers of the two original dialects. Sedentary Gypsies have also been affected by the language of the majority population where they live. Now, there are many dialects, of which the main living ones can be grouped in the following five clusters:
   1. Vlah
   2. Balkan
   3. Northern
   4. Central
   5. The Romani of Calabria and Abruzzo in Italy
   With recent migration, speakers of the Balkan dialects can now be found in most countries of western Europe.
   See also Balt-Slavic Romani; Erlia.

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