'Its a global language of Indian origin'
A simple description of Romany language is that; it’s a global language of Indian origin with millions of speakers.
A complicated version is that; it’s fragmented over the centuries into dozens of dialects and each dialect is fragmented into regional versions and each regional dialect further fragments into familylects or idiolects. It’s a very diverse system of languages, all coming under the banner of ‘Romany’.
Damian Le Bas
What do Gypsies got? Only what they carry inside them, or what they got in their heads. They can’t say, ‘Oh that’s a Gypsy town we’ll all go back there.’
They’ve only got what they’ve got and the memories from when people tell them, old people tell them things what used to happen from years ago, how they used to get by. I’ve been told lots of stories, you know, and you think about them things sometimes, how they actually got by and suffered.
But it’s only the culture; we have got a culture which is only known to the Gypsies and Romanies.