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Romani in Britain: The Afterlife of a Language

Yaron Matras


Romani is one of Britain's oldest and most established minority languages. Brought to the country by Romani immigrants from continental Europe in the sixteenth century or even earlier, it was spoken in its old, inflected form as a family and community language until the second half of the nineteenth century, when it yielded to English. But even after its decline as the everyday language of English and Welsh Gypsies, Romani continues to survive in the form of a vocabulary that is used to express an ‘emotive mode’ of communication among group members. This book examines British Romani in its his ... More

Keywords: Romani, minority languages, immigrants, continental Europe, sixteenth century, community language, Gypsies, Romani vocabulary, Angloromani, language revitalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748639045
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639045.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yaron Matras, author