shelta secret language of Irish tinkers, 1876, of unknown origin. It mostly consists of Irish or Gaelic words, with inversion or arbitrary substitution of initial consonants.

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  • Shelta — Gesprochen in Irland, Großbritannien, USA Sprecher 86.000 Linguistische Klassifikation Indogermanisch Keltische Sprachen Inselkeltische Sprachen Shelta …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Shelta — es el idioma tradicional de los nómadas irlandeses . Es hablado por unas 85.000 personas en Irlanda, Reino Unido y Estados Unidos, de los que entre 6.000 y 25.000 viven en Irlanda. La mayor parte del vocabulario Shelta, se basa en el Irlandés,… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Shelta — Parlée en Irlande, Royaume Uni, États Unis Nombre de locuteurs 86 000 Typologie VSO Classification par famille Langue mixte …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Shelta — [shel′tə] n. [earlier sheldru, shelter < ? OIr bēlre, speech] [also s ] a traditional jargon, based on Irish Gaelic, spoken as by tinkers in some parts of Ireland and England …   English World dictionary

  • Shelta — Infobox Language name=Shelta nativename=Shelta, Gammen, Sheldru, Pavee pronunciation= states=Ireland, Irish diaspora region=Used by some Irish Travellers speakers=86,000 script=Latin familycolor=Creole fam1=mixed language based on the Irish… …   Wikipedia

  • Shelta —    1) The name used by scholars for Irish Travelers cant.    2) A secret vocabulary from the Middle Ages formed by changing the first consonant of a word. An example is the word feen (man) from Irish duine. According to some scholars, it is one… …   Historical dictionary of the Gypsies

  • Shelta — /shel teuh/, n. a private language, based in part on Irish, used among Travelers in the British Isles. [1875 80; orig. uncert.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Shelta — noun A cant used by members of the Travelling Community, based on older versions of the Irish language with modern English influences …   Wiktionary

  • Shelta — ISO 639 3 Code : sth ISO 639 2/B Code : ISO 639 2/T Code : ISO 639 1 Code : Scope : Individual Language Type : Living …   Names of Languages ISO 639-3

  • Shelta — [ ʃɛltə] noun an ancient secret language used by Irish and Welsh tinkers and Gypsies, based on altered Irish or Gaelic words. Origin C19: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

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