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Istro-Romanian (ISO639-3: ruo) is a severely endangered Balkan Romance language spoken in the region of Istria in Croatia. A small number of middle-aged and elderly men and women living in six enclave villages speak the language alongside Croatian. While a Romance language, Istro-Romanian has undergone extensive contact influence from Croatian.

A Romance-Speaking Enclave in a Slavic-Speaking Area

Language and linguistic area


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Vrzić, Zvjezdana, “Istro-Romanian”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief General Editor Marc L. Greenberg, Lenore A. Grenoble. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032036>
First published online: 2020

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