Romani Studies

(Un)wanted institutionalization: The case of Finnish Romani

Romani Studies (2006), 16, (1), 43–62.

Abstract

For a long period of time, Finnish Romani lived solely as an oral language of the Roma community. It was primarily used within the family and as a secret language. After World War II it lost most of its traditional domains. However, during the last few decades it has undergone a process of institutionalization. As part of this process, the institutional rights of Romani have been much improved and the infrastructure of the language has evolved. The language extended into several new public domains, but the transition from private to public is not unanimously supported by the Roma.

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Granqvist, Kimmo