Vlach language in Serbia
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Serbian statistics list Vlach as minority language in Serbia and it's recognized by the Serbian Law. The Vlach language have official status, but it is not standardized. In the 2011 census, 35,330 people in Serbia declared themselves ethnic Vlachs and 43,095 people declared themselves native speakers of the Vlach language. The declared Vlach speakers are mostly concentrated in Eastern Serbia, mainly in the Timočka Krajina region.
The "National Council of Vlachs" listed Serbian in its statute as the official language of the Vlach minority until the standardization of the Vlach language.
The term Vlach is the English transcription of the Serbian term for this language (vlaški). The term Vlach language(s) is also often used to refer to Eastern Romance languages in general, which includes Romanian. There are considerable differences between these Vlach languages (the Greek, Macedonian and Albanian Vlachs, versus the Vlachs of Istria, versus the Vlachs of Eastern Serbia) and untutored native speakers have difficulties understanding each other.
Usage in media
- Eastern Romance substratum
- Legacy of the Roman Empire
- The Balkan language area
- Romance languages
- http://www.nacionalnisavetvlaha.rs The National Council of the Vlachs
- http://www.nacionalnisavetvlaha.rs/reagovanjabalasevic2.html The National Council of the Vlachs
- "Speak Vlach!", 2011
- http://media.popis2011.stat.rs/2011/prvi_rezultati.pdf Serbian Preliminary 2011 Census Results
- http://webrzs.stat.gov.rs/WebSite/userFiles/file/Aktuelnosti/Saopstenje%20za%20javnost%20veroispovest%20maternji%20jezik%20i%20nac%20%20pripadnost.pdf Serbian 2011 Census Results 21. 02. 2013
- http://www.nacionalnisavetvlaha.rs Declaration of the Vlach National Council