Romani language


The lexicon of Romani consists of se­veral layers that can be sub-grouped into a pre-European and a Europe­an part. The so-called Indian “words of origin” and the either “earlier” or “later” loans from Persian, Armeni­an, and Byzantine Greek make up the pre-European lexicon. These “inheri­ted words” (Boretzky 1992) compri­se about 700 roots from Indian, likely no more than 100 roots from Persian and other Iranian languages, at least 20 from Armenian and up to 250 from Greek.

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