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By Yaron Matras

Romani is one among Britain's oldest and so much validated minority languages. dropped at the rustic via Romani immigrants from continental Europe within the 16th century or maybe prior, it used to be spoken in its previous, inflected shape as a relatives and neighborhood language until eventually the second one 1/2 the 19th century, while it yielded to English. yet even after its decline because the daily language of English and Welsh Gypsies, Romani keeps to outlive within the type of a vocabulary that's used to precise an 'emotive mode' of communique between staff contributors. This ebook examines British Romani in its historic context and in its present-day shape, drawing on recordings and interviews with audio system. It records the Romani vocabulary and its utilization styles in dialog, delivering perception into the strategies of language loss of life and language revitalization. the quantity comprises an intensive lexicon of Angloromani as a useful reference.

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