IJSSH 2012 Vol.2(6): 569-572 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2012.V2.174

Romanian-Speaking Communities Outside Romania: Linguistic Identities

Dorin Lozovanu

Abstract—Romanian-speaking communities are spread much widely than the territory of Romania, being autochthonous inhabitants in the Republic of Moldova, regions of Ukraine, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Republic of Macedonia and Croatia. Beside the Romanic origin of language, the etymology borrowed several influences from Slavic, Greek, Turkic, Hungarian, Germanic and other languages. Traditionally divided into four dialects, Romanian language includes more regional varieties, some of the idioms being spoken only outside Romania. Linguistic identity not corresponding always with the ethnic one, although there can be found several identifications of the Romanian-speaking communities. The main factor which contributes to the preservation of the Romanian language is the access to educational and cultural rights, which allow developing the ethno-linguistic consciousness.

Index Terms—Dialects, identity, language. native speakers, Romanian.

Dorin Lozovanu is with POSDRU/89/1.5/S/49944, “Al. I. Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania ( e-mail: dorinlozovanu@yahoo.com)

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Cite: Dorin Lozovanu, "Romanian-Speaking Communities Outside Romania: Linguistic Identities," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 6, pp. 569-572, 2012.

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