[rup] Southeast, especially Dobrudja (75%); major cities like Bucharest and Constanta. 28,000 in Romania. Status: 5 (Developing). Alternate Names: Macedo Romanian Classification: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Eastern Comments: Officially related to Romanians rather than classified as a minority.
[deu] Transylvania. 45,100 in Romania (2002 census). L2 users: 1,300,000 in Romania (ELDIA 2006). Status: 5 (Dispersed). Statutory language of national identity (2001, Local Public Administration Law No. 215, Article 40(7), others). Dialects: Transylvanian. Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, High German, German, Middle German, East Middle German Comments: Over 70% of the 500,000 1988 population emigrated to Germany (Johnstone 1993). People known as Saxons.
[hun] Trans-Carpathian provinces. 1,450,000 in Romania (2002 census). Status: 2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in Harghita and Covasna counties (outright majoities); also in Mures, Sate Mare, Bihor and Salay counties (over 20% total county population) (2001, Local Public Administration Law No. 215, Article 40(7), others). Alternate Names: Magyar Dialects: Csángó, Mezoségi, Székely. Classification: Uralic
[rmy] 242,000 in Romania (2002 census). 6,000,000 to 11,000,000 Gypsies in the world (1987 I. Hancock). Population total all countries: 484,780. Status: 6b (Threatened). Recognized language (2001, Local Public Administration Law No. 215, Article 40(7), others). Alternate Names: Danubian, Gypsy, Romanese, Tsigene, Vlax Romany Dialects: Churari (Churarícko, Sievemakers), Eastern Vlax Romani (Bisa), Ghagar, Grekurja (Greco), Kalderash (Coppersmith, Kelderashícko), Lovari (Lovarícko), Machvano (Machvanmcko), North Albanian, Sedentary Bulgaria, Sedentary Romania, Serbo-Bosnian, South Albanian, Ukraine-Moldavia, Zagundzi. Kalderash, Ursari, and Churari are occupational ethnonyms; Machvano is a geographical one. Other names are ‘Argintari’, silversmith and ‘Lingurari’, spoonmakers. Machvano and Serbian Kalderash have south Slavic superstratum; Russian Kalderash influenced by east Slavic, mainly Russian [rus]; Lovari influenced by Hungarian [hun]; Grekurja is probably Turkish [tur] influenced, distinct from Greek Romani dialect of Balkan Romani [rmn]. All 20 or more Vlax dialects are inherently intelligible; differences are mainly lexical and sociolinguistic (I. Hancock). A member of macrolanguage Romany [rom]. Classification: Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Central zone, Romani, Vlax Comments: Ethnic groups: Chache, Kalderari, Lovári. Ethnonym: Roma. Christian.
[ron] Widespread. Moldavian dialect: Moldova northeast; Muntenian dialect: Muntenia or Wallachia southeast; other dialects north and west, including Transylvania. 19,900,000 in Romania (ELDIA 2012). Population total all countries: 23,782,990. Status: 1 (National). Statutory national language (2003, Constitution, Article 13). Alternate Names: Daco-Rumanian, Moldavian, Rumanian Dialects: Banat, Bayash, Moldavian, Muntenian (Walachian), Transylvanian. Little dialect variation. Bayash are Gypsies whose dialect is based on Banat, but influenced by Balkan Romani [rmn] and Hungarian [hun]. Lexical similarity: 77% with Italian [ita], 75% with French [fra], 74% with Sardinian [sdn], 73% with Catalan [cat], 72% with Portuguese [por] and Rheto-Romance [roh], 71% with Spanish [spa]. Classification: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Eastern Comments: Christian.
Romanian Sign Language
[rms] 24,600 (2013 European Union of the Deaf). Status: 6a (Vigorous). Alternate Names: “Limbaj Mimico-Gestual Romanesc” (pej.), Limbajul Semenelor Romanesc, LSR Dialects: Variation exists between the regions of Transylvania, Moldavia, and Wallachia. Further assessment needed. No known relationship to other sign languages. (forthcoming Eberle, Eberle, Cuceuan, and Cuceuan). Classification: Deaf sign language Comments: 33 working Sign language interpreters (2013 European Union of the Deaf). Christian (Orthodox).
[rom] Population total all languages: 2,595,010. Comments: Includes: Balkan Romani [rmn] (Serbia), Baltic Romani [rml] (Poland), Carpathian Romani [rmc] (Czech Republic), Kalo Finnish Romani [rmf] (Finland), Sinte Romani [rmo] (Serbia), Vlax Romani [rmy], Welsh Romani [rmw] (United Kingdom).