Romani Studies

South Balkan II as a Romani dialect branch: Bugurdži, Drindari, and Kalajdži

Romani Studies (2000), 10, (2), 105–183.

Abstract

Various suggestions have been made on how to classify the large number of Romani dialects, but the proposed classifications should be put on firmer ground by drawing on as many details as possible. It is very difficult to find features exclusively characteristic of the individual groups. The three dialects subsumed here under ‘South Balkan II’ undoubtedly form a densely coherent group, mainly due to a number of typical sound changes (palatalisation of dentals, velars, and laterals), but also because of some morphological traits rarely found outside this group (specific copula forms, zero tense marker, and -iz- for the adaptation of loanverbs). There are interrelations with some of the South Balkan I dialects, but no specific similarities with other groups can be found.

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Boretzky, Norbert