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In reference to one part of it, that which regards the manner in which Mezzofanti acquired the gipsy languageviz., "that he learned it from a gipsy soldier in one of the Hungarian regiments quartered at Bologna," it is proper to observe, that he appears also, towards the end of his life, to have studied this dialect from books. The catalogue of his library contains two Gipsy Grammars, one in German, and one in Italian. The peculiar idiom of this strange language in which he himself was initiated, is that which prevails among the gipsies of Bohemia and Hungary, or rather Transylvania, which is the purest of all the European gipsy dialects, and differs considerably from that of the Spanish gipsies. Borrow has given a short comparative vocabulary Note 1 of both, and has also printed the Pater Noster in the Spanish gipsy form.
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