Norwegian, Traveller

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A language of Norway

Alternate Names
Norwegian Traveller, Rodi
Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Based on Norwegian [nor] with heavy lexical borrowing from Northern Romani varieties and German Rotwelsch [rmd]. Not intelligible with Angloromani [rme].

Language Use

Active use (1997).

Other Comments

Spoken by the Fanter, who are not Gypsies, but intermarried with Gypsies and Yeniche (German Travellers). Romani influence from speakers descended from the first diaspora from India. Romani people were abandoned on the coast of Norway from British ships from 1544 onwards.