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Romany: Bulgaria, Central...
"Romany is the language of the gypsies, a name they were given
because of a mistaken impression that they were of Egyptian
origin.   Actually, the gypsies are an Indic people who migrated
westward from their homeland, arriving in Europe around the
12th or 14th century.   From there they have wandered into every
corner of the world - Siberia, North Africa, the Americas, and
Australia.   Although, the majority of gypsies are now settled, a
picturesque minority continue the traditional itinerant life of
migrant traders, entertainers, artisans, and, rarely, laborers.

Although the number of gypsies throughout the world is
estimated at 1 to 5 million, only about 500,000 still speak
Romany, the Indo-European tongue they brought with them
from their original home in northwestern India.   It is spoken
with considerable dialectal variation, with a tendency to adopt
the vocabulary of, and adapt syntactically to, the linguistic com-
munity in which the gypsies are living.

It should be noted that the Scriptures here listed represent the
Romany languages as they were spoken before World War II,
which was a period of hardship and cultural change for the

Central Bulgarian Romany is the dialect common to the
Bulgarian gypsies living in the region between Sofia and the
Black Sea."
--1000 Tongues   [Info only]

Cyrillic Character
"1932 Matthew   1937 John   ABS, BFBS, Sofia
Translated by Angel Atanasakieff, a Bulgarian."
--1000 Tongues   [Info only: CYRILLIC CHARACTER   "1937" John 2:1-4 unknown.]

Romany: Bulgaria, Southeast...
"The Romany of Southeastern Bulgaria is spoken by gypsies in
southeastern Bulgaria and in adjacent Turkey and Greece.   It is
written in Roman character and therefore illegible to the gypsies
of Central Bulgaria, who use the Cyrillic alphabet."
--1000 Tongues   [Info only]

"1912 Luke BFBS
Translated by Gernard Gilliat-Smith."
--1000 Tongues   [Info only: "1912" Luke 3:1-4 unknown.]

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