Caló

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A language of Spain

Alternate Names
Caló Romani, Gitano, Hispanoromani, Iberian Romani
Population

40,000 in Spain. Total users in all countries: 460,000.

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Spanish Caló, Portuguese Calão (Calão, Lusitano-Romani), Catalonian Caló, Brazilian Calão. Gypsy language very different from other Romani. A cryptological variety of Spanish [spa] (1995 I. Hancock). Regional dialects have Iberian base of Caló, where boundary between Spanish and Portuguese [por] is not distinct.

Language Use

Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Grammar. Bible portions: 1837–1872.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Movement to revive inflected Spanish Romani; book printed in it (Hancock 1990b). Christian.

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