Vol 2 No 2 Spring/Summer 2005

KURI Journal Helps for Readers:

Dom Origins

Readers who are new to Dom studies will find here a brief guide to some of the English language literature that has been published. Material is drawn from scholarly journals, popular magazines, and newspapers. Periodically, summaries of non-English works and/or translations of non-English works will be made available through Helps for Readers. The descriptions are content oriented as opposed to critical reviews.

Hancock, Ian. "The Emergence of Romani as a Koine Outside of India." In Scholarship and the Gypsy Struggle: Commitment in Romani Studies. Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press, 2000.
  In this paper Dr. Hancock argues that the Dom and the Romany people--both popularly identified as "Gypsies"--formed in separate migrations out of India at remote time periods. He substantiates his position on both historical and linguistic grounds. Following the establishment of his premise, Dr. Hancock continues his presentation organizing it into the following sections: "India and language contact," "The Rajputs," "The Banjara," "Romani," and "Domari." He concludes, "The mixed nature of Romani, and the social and linguistic clues evident in an examination of (particularly) its lexicon, make a strong case for its having taken its initial form as a military koine which left India with its speakers, subsequently developing outside of its homeland." In relation to the Dom, he offers a closing thought, "The same type of military historical scenario may also explain the presence of Indian languages and peoples such as the Domari throughout the Middle East."

Dr. Hancock's paper is accessible on-line at http://radoc.net:8088/RADOC-5-RAJPUTS.htm

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