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Academic Paper

Title: The Domari language of Aleppo
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Author: Bruno Hérin
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Institution: Université Libre de Bruxelles
Linguistic Field: Language Documentation
Subject Language: Domari
Abstract: The goal of this paper is to shed light on an under-described variety of Domari, a very scarcely documented Indo-Aryan language spoken by the Dōm, who are often referred to as "the Middle-Eastern Gypsies". Described as an archaic Indo-Aryan language, Domari is known to the scholarly community from a limited number of word lists dating back to the 19th century and two partial descriptions based on a rather moribund dialect, the one spoken in Jerusalem. Apart from these sources, no reliable data are available about other varieties. The data presented in this paper come from an original field-work carried out in 2009 and 2010 amongst the Dōm community in the city of Aleppo in Northern Syria and are an important contribution to our knowledge of one of the very few old diasporic Indic languages spoken outside the Indian subcontinent.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress
Publication Info: Linguistic Discovery, Volume 10 Issue 2 (2012)
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