ROMANI WITHIN A MAJORITY COMMUNITY: INTRINSIC CASE STUDY FOCUSED ON YOUNG EDUCATED ROMA POPULATION
Romani represents one of many endangered languages of the world. Romani is normally maintained within the family and the Roma community, like many other minority and endangered languages, due to lack of support of state institutions to be taught as L1 and used in wider contexts. However, the family domain is the place where language shift has also begun due to negative attitudes of Romani community members towards their native language, as well as negative evaluation of the language in majority communities where Roma live. Inspite of its marginalized status, Romani has not undergone a process of complete shift in favor of majority languages, primarily because of intra-group support present in the family domain in a number of Roma communities. Herein, an intrinsic qualitative case study is presented which aims to provide preliminary input regarding attitudes of young Roma population from Serbia towards learning and preservation of their native language, the importance of mother tongue in general, as well as attitudes toward learning a majority language, in this case Serbian. The results indicate the above statements about the relevance of the family language policy and planning as a key factor in Romani maintenance among the young speakers.