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Wed Dec 10 2003

Books: Romania Languages: Cech et al(eds)

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Message 1: Sepecides - Romani: Cech et al(eds)

Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 16:03:43 -0500 (EST)
From: lincom.europa <>
Subject: Sepecides - Romani: Cech et al(eds)

Title: Sepecides - Romani
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 109

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Petra Cech, 
 Mozes F. Heinschink
Paperback: ISBN: 3895860360, Pages: 69, Price: EUR 29.20


Sepecides is a non-vlah Romani dialect (Romani belonging to the New
Indian languages) spoken by several related grand families now living
in Izmir/Tur key and Volos/Greece. This formerly united group of
basket weavers split up around 1920, when exchanges of Greek/Turkish
population took place. One part of the group migrated to Turkey and
settled finally in Izmir, the others moved to Volos (Greece) and
stayed there. Since then their previously unif orm Romani developed
under different linguistical conditions. Both variants are endangered
in their transmission to the younger generation by the impa ct of TV
and school education. The Izmir variety of Sepe..ides shows the
characteristics of other non-Vlah dialects like unshortened pronominal
forms, Greek, Southern-Slavic but no Rumanian lexems etc. under the
influe nce of the agglutinative Turkish language it has preserved a
rich derivatio nal morphology absent from corresponding dialects. As
Sepecides has not previously been described, the sketch will present a
survey of the entire grammatical system as well as short chapters on
phon ology and syntax. One chapter will analyze the various influences
of the Turkish language on Sepe..ides and their morphological and
idiomatical implications. Investigations are based on approx. 130
hours of recorded ta lks ranging from tales, songs, and biographical
notes to short anecdotes an d explanations of phrases and proverbs.

Lingfield(s): Romani Languages

Subject Language(s): Romani (Language Code: RUM)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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