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Sinte Romani

Sinte Romani
Native to Germany, France, Austria, northern Italy
Ethnicity Sinte
Native speakers
unknown (undated figure of 320,000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 rmo
Glottolog sint1235[2]

Sinti-Manouche (also known as Sintenghero Tschib(en), Sintitikes or Romanes [3]) is the variety of Romani spoken by the Sinti people in Germany, France, Austria, some parts of northern Italy and other adjacent regions. It is characterized by significant German influence and is not mutually intelligible with other forms of Romani.[4] There are about 30,000 speakers in Serbia and total speakers of the language is about 320,000.[5] The language is written in Latin script and is included in Indo-European, Indo-Aryan and Indo-Iranian language groupes.[5]


  1. ^ Sinti-Manouche at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Sinte Romani". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ "Romanes" entry in Collins English Dictionary, HarperCollins Publishers, 1998.
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  5. ^ a b "Romani, Sinte". Ethnologue, Languages of the World. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 


  • Daniel Holzinger, Das Romanes. Grammatik und Diskursanalyse der Sprache der Sinte, Innsbruck 1993
  • Norbert Boretzky/Birgit Igla, Kommentierter Dialektatlas des Romani, Teil 1, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2004

External links

  • A brief overview (in German)
  • A 1903 textbook in Sinti by F. N. Finck, (in German), at the (Internet Archive: [1]

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