The volume 'General and applied Romani linguistics' presents papers form the 6th International Conference on Romani Linguistics 2002 in Graz,
Austria. The collection reflects recent trends in Romani linguistics. The last decades of saw both an intensification of the traditional subdisciplines, such as descriptive linguistics and dialectology, as well as the emergence of new subdisciplines, e.g. computational linguistics and sociolinguistics. Parallel to this Romani linguists, using Romani as an unique and valuable language sample, more and more participated in theoretical linguistic discussion.
Section 1 contains two papers on dialectology. Matras proposes a groundbreaking new approach to the classification of Romani dialects, while
Igla concentrates on the internal classification of a particular dialect group of Romani.
Section 2 features descriptive studies on Romani varieties with little documentation so far (Sechidou on a Greek Romani dialect, Cherenkov on a
Russian dialect, Adiego on Spanish Caló and Lapov on Romani varieties in
The papers in section 3 all discuss language change in Romani. Some are concerned with contact-induced language change (Schrammel, Draganova and to some extent Pirttisaari), others discuss language internal change (Boretzky, Simonsen).
Section 4 finally introduces computational Romani linguistics with a paper by Granquist on a morphological parser for Romani.
The final section contains papers on different aspects of Romani sociolinguistics (Friedman on the future of Romani in Macedonia, Petrović &
Stefanović on Roma refugees in Kosovo, Marushiakova & Popov on the communication of nomadic Gypsy groups).
1. Romani dialectology
Yaron Matras: The classification of Romani dialects: A geographic-historical perspective
Birgit Igla: Sinti-Manuš: Aspects of classification
2. Descriptive studies on individual Romani dialects
Lev. N. Cherenkov: The Plaščuny and their dialect
Irene Sechidou: The dialect of Ajios Athanasios
Ignasi-Xavier Adiego: The Vestiges of Caló Today
Zoran Lapov: The Romani groups and dialects in Croatia. With a special emphasis on the Romani borrowings in the Croatian language
3. Language change with and without contact
Desislava Draganova: Turkish verbs in Bulgarian Romani
Barbara Schrammel: Borrowed verbal particles and prefixes: A comparative approach
Helena Pirttisaari: A functional approach to the distribution of participle suffixes in Finnish Romani
Norbert Boretzky: Metathesis and other, functionally related, sound changes in Romani
Gitte Grønning Simonsen: Semantic changes in body parts from Sanskrit to
4. Computational linguistics
Kimmo Granqvist: ROMTWOL - An implementation of a two-level morphological processor for Finnish Romani
Victor A. Friedman: The Romani language in Macedonia in the third millennium: progress and problems
Jelena Petrović & Lada Stefanović: Socio-linguistic aspects of language of
Roma refugees from Kosovo - A comparative study
Elena Marushiakova & Vesselin Popov: Communications between nomadic Gypsy groups