The form of romani that was first documented in britain see chapter 3 was clearly closely related to the varieties of the language that continue to be spoken all across the european continent. Romani is one of britains oldest and most established minority languages brought to the country by romani immigrants from continental europe in the sixteenth century or even earlier it was spoken in its old inflected form as a family and community language until the second half of the nineteenth century when it yielded to english. Romani n britain th e afterlife of a language 2010 xv 255 pages edinburgh edinburgh university press in a world where language endangerment death and revitalization have become topics of con siderable urgency among fi eld linguists as well as for many others concerned with the study of human communication and also to those who use rather than study the languages in question the . Romani had been one of the minority languages of britain for over four hundred years it has even left a legacy within english in the form of romani origin colloquial words like pal chavvy mush minge and kushti as well as regionalisms like gaji nash peeve ladj and yocks. Download citation on jan 1 2013 peter bakker published romani in britain the afterlife of a language by yaron matras find read and cite all the research you need on researchgate
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