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Marcel Courthiade


Marcel Courthiade is a French linguist, born in Albania in 1953. He lives in France where he researches and promotes the Rromani language and culture. He was originally a medical student in Clermont-Ferrand (France), but gave up this specialization to focus on Slavic languages, especially Serbo-Croatian and Polish. After graduating in Albanian, Macedonian and Polish from the INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisation Orientales) in Paris, he wrote his PhD thesis on the phonetics of the various Rromani dialects. During his studies, he was involved in NGOs working in educational projects for Albanian Roma. He has run and coordinated various cultural and educational projects. For four years, he worked as a political analyst at the French Embassy in Albania. After defending his PhD thesis in 1995, he became associated professor in Rromani sociolinguistics at the Ecole Pratiques des Haute Etudes. In 1997, he became associated professor at the INALCO in Paris.


Updated February 2011



  • Marcel Courthiade, “Romani fonetika thaj Lekhipa”, Filǎn Than, 1984
  • Marcel Courthiade, “Structure dialectale de la langue rromani”, in “Interface”, n.31, 1998
  • Claire Auzias et Marcel Courthiade, “Les Tziganes ou le destin sauvage des Roms de l’Est”, Paris, Michalon, 130 pages, 2002
  • Marcel Courthiade, Rajko Djuric, “Les Rroms dans les belles lettres euroéennes. Littérature, etudes littéraires, critiques europe de l’est (ex Urss)”, Edition l’Harmattan, 2004,
  • Marcel Courthiade, Stella Méritxell Pradier et Ferdinand Koci, “Sagesse et humour du peuple rrom”, Edition l’Harmattan, 207 pages, 2007, ISBN : 2-296-02271-5
  • “La littérature des Rroms, Sintés et Kalés : dossier réalisé sous la direction de Marcel Courthiade, assisté de Jeanne Gamonet”, in Missives, n° 225