Aromanian

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A language of Greece

Alternate Names
Armina, Arumanian, Macedo Romanian, Macedo-Rumanian, Vlach
Population

50,000 in Greece (Salminen 1993). Population total all countries: 114,340. Ethnic population: 700,000 ( Association of French Aromanians).

Location

North, Northwest Salonika, Pindus mountains, Trikala area.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Structurally a distinct language from Megleno Romanian [ruq] (Agard 1984). It split from the other 3 Romanian languages between 500 and 1000 A.D. Many dialects.

Language Use

Rapid assimilation to Greek culture; children attend Greek schools. 20% live traditionally. No legal status in Greece. Not taught in school except for one course at the University of Salonica. Some revival of the culture in progress since the 1980s. Rapid language shift in Greece. People over 50 are fluent, many between 25 to 50 are passive speakers with limited knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Known by some youth. Many shifting to Greek [ell].

Language Development
Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1881–1889.
Writing

Greek script [Grek]. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ethnonym: Armini. Christian.

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