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Bibliographic Notes on Romani Studies
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I call Romani those who speak one or another of the dialects of Romany. Romany is an Indic language found outside of India. Some of the major groups of Rom are the following:
GENERAL LITERATURE ON THE ROMANI
There are a great many books (perhaps thousands) that purport to describe the Romani. Some of these are in paperback, most have interesting pictures, but almost none can be recommended. Fortunately, however, there are two journals that, between them, will lead the student to all the important literature on the Romani. In addition to carrying many good original articles, these journals also make a practice of keeping their readers informed of everything else that is written about the Romani. (I must report, unfortunately, that neither of these journals has really critical standards, so that in addition to the good articles, the student will also find some material that is quite ridiculous!)
The first of these journals is the "Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society (JGLS)," published in England since 1888 and is now headquartered in the United States. (The Gypsy Lore Society, 5607 Greenleaf Rd., Cheverly, MD 20785)
The other journal is in French: "Études Tsiganes." Created in 1955. (L'Association des Études Tsiganes, 59 rue de l'Ourcq, 75019 Paris)
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