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LINGUIST List 17.3746

Tue Dec 19 2006

Books: Language Description: Kordic

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Serbo-Croatian: Kordic

Message 1: Serbo-Croatian: Kordic
Date: 15-Dec-2006
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Serbo-Croatian: Kordic

Title: Serbo-Croatian
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 148
Published: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Paperback: ISBN: 3895861618 Pages: 64 Price: Europe EURO 36.00

The language which in linguistic literature is most commonly called
Serbo-Croatian belongs to the Southern branch of the Slavonic group of the
Indo-European language family. It is spoken by approx. 16 million people in
the four of the six republics of the former Yugoslavia (the Štokavian
dialect was the basis for language standardization): Croatia, Serbia,
Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Since Yugoslavia has disintegrated, each of
the three countries which emerged from the four republics now calls this
language according to its national name: Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian. It is
also spoken by the expatriates, particularly in West Europa, and certain
cities in North and South America and Australia.

Serbo-Croatian has all the most important typological characteristics of
the Slavonic languages, that is a rich inflectional morphology, an
extensive agreement system, so-called free word order, a rich set of
morphophonemic alternations, the pervasive aspectual opposition, a double
negation, a reflexive possessive and so on.
Some of the interesting specifics of Serbo-Croatian are: 1) four accents
with pitch and length involved (only Slovene among Slavonic languages has a
somewhat similar system of accents); 2) it is the only Slavonic language
that has preserved a three-member system of deixis according to degrees of
distance and with the same consonant alternation v/t/n by demonstrative
pronouns, adverbs and even by so-called presentatives; 3) in place of an
infinitive in certain constructions where its understood subject can be
retrieved from the syntactic context, Serbo-Croatian (especially in the
eastern region) often uses a subordinate clause consisting of the
subordinator da and a present-tense verb form - this phenomenon is typical
to the area of Balkan languages (Bulgarian and Macedonian have the same

The present volume begins with a section on phonology (vowels, consonants,
accents). This is followed by a description of morphology (nominal: nouns,
adjectives, pronouns, numerals; verbal morphology). The syntax is presented
in the third section, in which noun phrase, clause structure, coordination,
subordination (especially relatives), negation, word order and discourse
related phenomena are described. The volume also contains a sample text
with interlinear transcription and translation and an ample bibliography.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Description

Subject Language(s): Croatian (hrv)

Written In: English (eng )

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