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Romano-Greek (also referred to as Hellenoromani; Greek: Ελληνο-ρομανική) is a nearly extinct mixed language (referred to as Para-Romani in Romani linguistics), spoken by the Romani people in Greece that arose from language contact between Romani speaking people and the Greek language. The language is expected to be a secret language spoken in Thessaly and Central Greece Administrative Unit.[3] Typologically the language is structured on Greek with heavy lexical borrowing from Romani.[4] Related variants of this language are Dortika. Dortika is a secret language spoken mainly in Athens by traveling builders from Eurytania Prefecture. In both cases, the languages are most likely not native to their speakers.

Native toGreece
Native speakers
30 use it as a secret language (2000)[1]
  • Dortika (in Eurytania)
  • Kaliarda (in Athens)
Language codes
ISO 639-3rge


  1. ^ a b Romano-Greek at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Romano-Greek". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "Romano-Greek". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  4. ^ Ethnologue