Key Insights about Romeyka’s Linguistic Description and Evolution, Vitality, and Revitalisation Prospects after 15 Years of Field-based Research


  • Ioanna Sitaridou University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Jerneja Kavčič University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Slovenia translator



Romeyka, Pontic Greek, endangered, Turkey, evolution


Romeyka is the last surviving variety of Greek spoken in north-eastern Turkey. Islamisation of Greek speakers in the areas of Of, Sürmene, Rize, and Matsouka, is reported in the 15th-18th centuries. Through the Exchange of Populations between Greece and Turkey in 1923, Greek-speaking Muslims were allowed to stay in their Asia Minor homeland, which explains why Greek survives only in small enclaves in this area. In this article we discuss the main findings and conclusions about Romeyka, 15 years since the first field trip to the Trabzon area. We survey the main elements of external history and its genetic classification; we provide an overview of documentation efforts for Romeyka and a brief grammatical sketch; finally, we discuss its current sociolinguistic situation and the revitalization efforts against within a context of many ideological(ised) challenges.


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Sitaridou, Ioanna. 2023. “Key Insights about Romeyka’s Linguistic Description and Evolution, Vitality, and Revitalisation Prospects After 15 Years of Field-Based Research”. Translated byJerneja Kavčič. Keria: Studia Latina Et Graeca 25 (2): 9-32.

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