Romani, Balkan

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A language of Serbia

Alternate Names
Roma, “Balkan Gypsy” (pej.)
Autonym
Romani, Romani ćhib
Population

101,000 in Serbia (2013 UNSD). 100,000 Arlija. Total users in all countries: 809,940 (as L1: 609,940; as L2: 200,000).

Location

Kosovo: scattered.

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Language Status

5* (Developing).

Dialects

Arli (Arlije, Kosovan Arli), Prizren (Kosovan Romani), Tinners Romani, Bugurdži Romani (Arabadži, Kovački, Rabadži), Pazardžik Kalajdži. Arlija dialect (252,000–367,000 total) understood by Greek Romani and Dzambazi. A member of macrolanguage Romany [rom].

Language Development

Literature. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2015.

Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl], used in Bulgaria. Greek script [Grek], used in Greece. Latin script [Latn], used in Serbia.

Other Comments

Ethnic group: Jerlídes (Macedonia, southern Serbia). Muslim.

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