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Compound verbs, typical of the Indo-Aryan languages of India, are absent from Romani. Still, there are vestiges of such verbs in current Romani dialects, as is the case of the verb lidža-/ ledž- ‘to take away’ in Central Romani, the language traditionally spoken by Roms in Central-Eastern Europe. This paper first outlines the variability of the verb and its properties in a cross-dialectal perspective. Then it argues that the verb reflects the univerbation of a compound verb involving a participle of ‘to take’ and a verb ‘to go’, pointing to a phrase common in the languages of India.

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