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For centuries Romani gypsies have been seen either as romantic nomads, or as unwanted outsiders. Who are they, really? Linguist Yaron Matras, who has spent years working with the Romani, gives the first comprehensive account of their culture, language and history, shattering the myths that surround them.

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Yaron Matras is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Manchester, and Editor of the journal Romani Studies. His involvement with Romani issues began in the advocacy and civil rights arena. Matras was media relations officer to the Roma National Congress from 1988-1995, and founding editor of RomNews, one of the very first advocacy information services on Romani issues. He has worked closely with the Open Society Institute's Roma programmes, is a founding member of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies, and has led several large-scale research projects on Romani language and culture, including an international research consortium on Romani migrations. He is the author of over a dozen books and numerous chapters and articles on Romani language and culture, and speaks the Romani language fluently.


Compassionate and knowledgeable ... Yaron Matras is an authority on gypsies * London Evening Standard *
Sparky and thought-provoking ... required reading for anyone who presumes to have views on Romani Gypsies * Financial Times *

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