LiU to offer courses in Romany in the fall semester
In the fall of 2008, Linköping University will introduce two courses in Romany language and culture.
Romani Chib is designed to provide basic language skills and Romany Identity will take up issues of identity, ethnicity, and problems associated with minority status. The two courses are complementary.
Preparations have been underway for about a year. In 2006, the Swedish government commissioned LiU to provide instruction in Romany, one of Sweden's five official minority languages.
"The task has not been a simple one," explains head organizer Eva Carlestål at the Department of Culture and Communication. Romani Chib, which is the official name of the language, is a spectrum of dialects. These can differ considerably. It is difficult to teach them as a single homogenous language. That is why we say that our instruction in Romani Chib is about both language and culture.
Eva Carlestål is one of the course designers. Two linguists and two anthropologists were on the development team. Instructors and lecturers for the course have been recruited nationwide. The organizers hope that the course will attract many ethnic Roma students.
Last updated: 2009-06-03