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Title: Balkan Romani: The dialect of Ajios Athanasios/Greece
Written By: Irene Sechidou
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 481

The Romani dialect of Ajios Athanasios is spoken by approximately 1.800
speakers in a suburb of the city of Serres in Northern Greece. The dialect
belongs to the Balkan Romani dialect group and it is described for the
first time. Two reasons make AA an interesting case study for Balkan
Romani: Firstly, as AA lost contact with other Balkan dialects early on, it
developed innovative features in isolation and retained a large number of
archaisms. Secondly, AA is an appropriate dialect for studying language
contact between Balkan Romani and Greek. Contact with Greek has been
crucial to the linguistic history of Romani.

The aim of this study is to provide a detailed grammatical description of
AA and to compare AA to other Balkan Romani dialects. The first chapter
deals with descriptive phonology and certain issues of historical
phonology. The second chapter deals with inflectional and derivational
morphology of nominal and verbal categories. The third chapter, on syntax,
investigates coordination, subordination and constituent order. The fourth
chapter discusses morphological borrowing of AA - and Balkan Romani - from
Greek. The fifth chapter concerns the replication of Balkan constructions
in AA. The concluding chapter on dialect classification discusses the
internal relations of Balkan Romani dialects. Archaisms, innovations,
phonological phenomena such as palatalisations, and morphosyntactic
phenomena such as cliticisation, are presented in tables and on maps.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Anthropological Linguistics
Romani Languages
Subject Language(s): Greek, Modern
Romani, Balkan
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783862880317
Pages: 111
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