SamoSamNina wrote:years ago I was active on the BCS forum since I studied that for a few years in undergrad.
No kidding! The BCS forum is one I post in sometimes, too (it's been quite a while, though!).
I read you studied with Ian Hancock a bit?
Yep! I took his undergrad Romani Studies course as soon as I started college, wrote a term paper for it, worked on it before submitting it to a journal with his help, then worked with him again on my master's thesis.
Do you have any feedback about language materials? I know he has a handbook for Vlax Romani which I hope to acquire at some point, but other than that, as I'm sure you know, the plight is really lack of materials.
Yeah, I don't have a lot more to add, unfortunately.
In the few years I'll be here in Skopje, I'm hoping to help my tutor and colleagues who teach Romani to assemble some more stuff, hopefully.
If anyone would like, I have a PDF I scanned of some material they use in school here to help with Romani. My tutor's critiques of it include that it isn't done by a linguist or language teacher so there are some things that are inconsistent, a number of words that aren't really used by anyone, but just tapped because they have an Indic root. Also the author mixes dialects a bit so there's no consistency there too, but as I remind him, us beggars can't be choosers -- I appreciate all language material.
Also I'm a huge language nerd, so I have a playlist of stuff that's a combination of traditional and modern stuff that's popular now - if anyone would like, I'd be happy to assemble some on youtube and share the link.
I'm also happy to help forward on any nerdy linguistic questions to my friends who are language teachers and native speakers, too -- while it may be more specific for Macedonia's dialects, I'm happy to share the resources I have access to!
I have no words. Whatever you can share would be amazing, thanks!