Případy koexistence dvou variant romštiny na stejném území na Slovensku
Cases of Coexistence of Two Varieties of Romani in the Same Territory in Slovakia
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PublisherUniverzita Karlova, Filozofická fakulta
SourceStudia Ethnologica Pragensia, 2018, 1, 95-101
Gypsies, Roma, Romani language, language varieties, Slovakia
In this article I want to present some observations on the parallel existence of two varieties of Romani in the same territory, even in the same village. I worked with Gypsies in Czechoslovakia from 1948 to 1970. There is an almost general impression in Western Europe and in other continents that all Gypsies lead basically a nomadic way of life. In reality, in Eastern Europe where the majority of Gypsies are living, a substantial number of them had settled many generations ago and as a result have developed some features different from the Gypsies who have continued the nomadic way of life. Often, sedentary and nomadic Gypsies speak different varieties of Romani.