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GUEST,Karina Help: Gypsies v Travellers v Tinkers (34) RE: Help: Gipsies v Travellers v Tinkers 14 Feb 02

Thanks McGrath although with regards to Urdu, its likely a dialect of as opposed to the same language - if you understand my distinction. While Mr. Fraser doesn't specify Urdu as one of the languages of similarity to Romany, he does reference G.A. Grierson's Linguistic Survey of India in 20 Vols - 1903-1928. Mr. Fraser speaks highly of this work as being a significant reference for the evaluation of the development of the Romany language for any of those who are willing to wade through all 20 volumes :)

I don't think that Tinker has any relation to Zingari. My main point with that comment was that it had previously been referred to here as being a 'separate tribe' from the Rom. I was questioning that as there are so many names for the Rom - including amongst themselves - that the distinction of 2 separate tribes doesn't quite fit into the history as I see it.

Thanks also to the reference to Kenrick and Puxon. I think I've actually come across this reference before but as most of my research is actually into early Rom history, I have not read much of the current histories - other than the Newsletter of the Gypsy Lore Society.

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