The Palgrave Handbook of Romani Language and Linguistics

  • Yaron Matras
  • Anton Tenser

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Yaron Matras, Anton Tenser
    Pages 1-10
  3. History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Michael Beníšek
      Pages 13-47
    3. Ignasi-Xavier Adiego
      Pages 49-81
  4. Structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Andrea Scala
      Pages 85-117
    3. Márton A. Baló
      Pages 119-153
    4. Viktor Elšík
      Pages 155-186
    5. Evangelia Adamou, Yaron Matras
      Pages 187-227
  5. Contact

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Victor A. Friedman
      Pages 231-260
    3. Anna-Maria Meyer
      Pages 261-301
    4. Zuzana Bodnárová, Jakob Wiedner
      Pages 303-328
    5. Yaron Matras, Evangelia Adamou
      Pages 329-352
    6. Peter Bakker
      Pages 353-386
  6. Variation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 387-387
    2. Viktor Elšík, Michael Beníšek
      Pages 389-427
    3. Dieter W. Halwachs
      Pages 429-457
  7. Language Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 487-487
    2. Pavel Kubaník
      Pages 489-514
    3. Daniele Viktor Leggio
      Pages 515-537
    4. Sofiya Zahova
      Pages 539-569
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 571-596

About this book


Romani is the first language, and family and community language, of upwards of 3-4 million people and possibly many more in Europe, the Americas, and Australia. Documentation and research on the language draws on a tradition of more than two centuries, yet it remains relatively unknown and often engulfed by myths. In recent decades there has been an upsurge of interest in the language including language maintenance and educational projects, the creation of digital resources, language policy initiatives, and a flourishing community of online users of the language. This Handbook presents state of the art research on Romani language and linguistics. Bringing together key established scholars in the field of linguistics and neighbouring disciplines, it introduces the reader to the structures of Romani and its dialect divisions, and to the history of research on the language. It then goes on to explore major external influences on the language through contact with other key languages, aspects of language acquisition, and interventions in support of the language through public policy provisions, activism, translation, religious and literary initiatives, and social media. This comprehensive and groundbreaking account of Romani will appeal to students and scholars from across language and linguistics.

Yaron Matras is Professor in Linguistics at the University of Manchester, UK.

Anton Tenser is a Docent in Romani Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and an affiliated scholar at the College of Wooster, USA.


Roma History Society Language structure Language acquisition Language use Language promotion

Editors and affiliations

  • Yaron Matras
    • 1
  • Anton Tenser
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Arts, Languages, and CulturesUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-28104-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-28105-2
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