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Re: Weird stuff

From:Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>
Date:Thursday, April 26, 2001, 22:26
> > The "inverted breve" is also used to mark the long vowel-rising tone in > Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian and Slovenian. (Accent marks are not used in > normal writing, but are used in teaching.) > > The long vowel-falling tone is marked with a double grave accent. Short > vowels mark tone by the acute and grave accents for rising and falling tone, > respectively. > > These accents are used for both Latin or Cyrillic alphabets. >
We have this lovely joke... "Pre rata imali smo jedan jezik - srpskhrvatski - a sada imamo sest: srpski, hrvatski, bosanski, hercegovacki, crnski i gorski..." "Before the war we had one language - Serbocroatian - but now we have six: Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Hercegovinian, Montenian and Negrian..." Note: Monte Negro is called Crna Gora in Serbian, hence the two parts... Yes, I do myself call it Serbian, as I speak ekavski dialect, which is spoken mainly by Serbs, but also by some Croats in Slavonija. But, that's primarily because it is shorter than Serbocroatian, or whatever. I used to, and sometimes still do, call it Yugoslavian (though that's not correct as it assumes Hungarian, Slovene, Macedonian, Albanian etc. are part of it too - but it is accurate, as everyone spoke it; it was the language of the army, and everyone had to serve in the army - a Slovene Captain had to speak to a Slovene Private in Yugoslavian - officially anyway). -------ferko Ferenc Gy. Valoczy Suurt chugunikka peene ahjo suhe et toukka. Virtual Votia - Vaddjamaa Internetaza: railways page: 25kV 50Hz: