LINGUIST List 17.3746

Tue Dec 19 2006

Books: Language Description: Kordic

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Directory         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
                http://www.lincom.eu

Author: SNJEŽANA KORDIĆ Paperback: ISBN: 3895861618 Pages: 64 Price: Europe EURO 36.00
Abstract:

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

Serbo-Croatian has all the most important typological characteristics ofthe Slavonic languages, that is a rich inflectional morphology, anextensive agreement system, so-called free word order, a rich set ofmorphophonemic alternations, the pervasive aspectual opposition, a doublenegation, a reflexive possessive and so on.Some of the interesting specifics of Serbo-Croatian are: 1) four accentswith pitch and length involved (only Slovene among Slavonic languages has asomewhat similar system of accents); 2) it is the only Slavonic languagethat has preserved a three-member system of deixis according to degrees ofdistance and with the same consonant alternation v/t/n by demonstrativepronouns, adverbs and even by so-called presentatives; 3) in place of aninfinitive in certain constructions where its understood subject can beretrieved from the syntactic context, Serbo-Croatian (especially in theeastern region) often uses a subordinate clause consisting of thesubordinator da and a present-tense verb form - this phenomenon is typicalto the area of Balkan languages (Bulgarian and Macedonian have the sameconstruction).

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 presentedin the third section, in which noun phrase, clause structure, coordination,subordination (especially relatives), negation, word order and discourserelated phenomena are described. The volume also contains a sample textwith 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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